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Colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer) typically forms from polyps that can grow in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer screening can help find these polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous.
Screening for colon polyps works best when it is done regularly to detect issues early. Still, many people in the U.S. who should be screened are not getting screened.
According to the CDC, regular colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50 can help prevent colorectal cancer by finding polyps early. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends:
You may need to begin testing earlier than 50, or be screened more often, if you have certain risk factors such as:
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors, and when you should begin getting screened for colon cancer.
There are several types of colorectal cancer screening tests. The one best for you depends upon your individual risk and preferences. Screening options for colorectal cancer include:
How do you know which screening test is best for you? Talk to your doctor. He or she will review your health situation, your preferences, and which tests are available in your area and will make a recommendation.
In addition to regular screening, certain lifestyle changes can help minimize your risks of colorectal cancer. For example:
The most effective way of preventing colorectal cancer is by getting screened. Make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for screening.