Everyone should be screened
Do I need to get screened for colorectal cancer?
Yes! All men and women should be screened for colorectal cancer.
Your individual risk factors – such as ethnicity, lifestyle and family history – will determine when you should start getting checked.
The American Cancer Society recently recommended that adults without a family history should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45.
When should I get screened?
|If you||Then you should|
|Are experiencing symptoms||Talk to your doctor immediately|
|Have a family history of colorectal 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 colorectal cancer such as Lynch Syndrome, FAP, etc.||Family members who tested positive for a relevant mutation(s) should start colonoscopy screening during their early 20s, or 2 to 5 years younger than the youngest person in the family with a diagnosis, and repeat it every 1-2 years.
Family members who have not been tested yet should be screened during their early 20s, or 2 to 5 years younger than the youngest person in the family with a diagnosis.
|Have a personal history of cancer||Talk to your doctor and get screened before age 45|
|Have ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease||Talk to your doctor about getting screened before age 45|
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