Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer when it’s found early. Screening is the #1 way to prevent colorectal cancer because it finds cancer in the early stages, or, before it even has the chance to grow or develop.
What is Screening?
Screening is checking for a disease before there are symptoms. Because colorectal cancer first starts with few, if any, symptoms, it is important not to wait for symptoms before talking to your doctor.
There are many different screening tests for colorectal cancer, from colonoscopy to blood tests. You and your doctor can work together to find the test that works best for you.
Why is Screening Important?
Typically, colorectal cancer begins as a slow-growing, small growth in the colon or rectum. Over time, these pre-cancerous growths – called polyps – can turn into cancer.
By following the current screening guidelines of who should get screened and when, your doctor can remove these growths or find cancer in its earliest stages.
Is Screening the Only Way to Prevent Cancer?
No! There are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk for colorectal cancer at any age. Learn more about how little changes in your lifestyle can reduce your risk in big ways.
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