Colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer. While screening is the most important step you can take to prevent colon cancer, it’s not the only one.
From making changes in your diet to knowing your family’s health history, it’s never too early to start making the small choices that really pay off. Start today by taking our colon cancer risk quiz, learning more about genetics and family history or finding the screening test that’s right for you.
Prevention & Screening
Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer. And the best part is, screening is easy! From colonoscopy to at-home stool tests, there’s an option for everyone. If you’re over 50, high risk or symptomatic, don’t put it off. Talk to your doctor about getting checked!
WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED AND WHEN
GENETICS & FAMILY HISTORY
However, in some families, we see more cancer than we would expect. About one in four patients have a family history of colon cancer that could suggest a genetic and/or hereditary factor.
A family history of colon cancer, that is, an immediate family member (parent, brother, sister) or multiple family members with colon cancer or polyps, puts you at an increased risk for the disease.