Do I Need to Get Screened for Colon Cancer?
Yes! All men and women should be screened for colon cancer.
Your individual risk factors – such as ethnicity, lifestyle and family history – will determine when you should start getting checked.
For most adults, it is recommended that colon cancer screening should begin at age 50.
What’s your risk? Take our quiz and find out!
When Should I Get Screened?
|If you …||Then you should…|
|Are experiencing symptoms||Talk to your doctor immediately|
|Have a family history of colon cancer or polyps||Get screened at age 40 or 10 years before the age of the youngest case in your immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother)|
|Are African American||Get screened at age 45|
|Have a genetic link to colon cancer such as Lynch Syndrome, FAP, etc.||Talk to your doctor and get screened before age 50|
|Have a personal history of cancer||Talk to your doctor about getting screened before age 50|
|Have ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease||Talk to your doctor about getting screened before age 50|
|Are 50 years old and don’t fit into any of the above categories||Get screened!|
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