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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and is the third most common cancer overall, excluding skin cancers. Screening may prevent cancer through early detection and removal of precancerous growths.
Who Should be Screened?Men and women, generally between the ages of 50 and 75. If you have a history of colon cancer that runs in your family, speak to your doctor about possibly getting screened sooner.
There’s More Than One Way to be ScreenedThere are several colorectal cancer screening options for patients Some are simple in-home tests such as a Fecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT), Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)) and stool DNA (Cologuard®). Other screening methods include procedures such as a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy.Talk to your health care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, etc.) about which screening option may medically be right for you.
Take the First Step Towards Being ScreenedIf you’re between the ages of 50 and 75, talk to your health care provider about routine colorectal cancer screening.
Learn more about Colorectal Cancer at Cancer.org and the different types of tests available at CDC.gov or visit the following sites PDFs:
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