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 symptomsTalk to your doctor immediately
Have a family history of colon cancer or polypsGet screened at age 40 or 10 years before the age of the youngest case in your immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother)
Are African AmericanGet 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 cancerTalk to your doctor about getting screened before age 50
Have ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s diseaseTalk to your doctor about getting screened before age 50
Are 50 years old and don’t fit into any of the above categoriesGet screened!

If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, blood or other irregularities, talk to your doctor immediately, regardless of your age or family history.

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