Colorectal cancer can be found early through various preventive screenings, and when found early, it may be more treatable. In fact, some tests, including colonoscopy, can actually prevent the development of cancer because the device used to conduct the test can also remove growths.
One in three adults between 50 and 75 years old do not receive recommended colorectal cancer screenings. If you are in this age range, speak with your doctor to make sure you are up to date with preventive care services.
The American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screenings for those ages 50 and older if the person has an average risk. Those with an elevated risk may be encouraged to have a screening done before age 50. After your initial screening, your doctor will advise you as to when you need future screenings.
Talk to your doctor about which screening is right for you.
Testing for cancer
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
- Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) every year
- Stool DNA test (sDNA) every 3 years
Testing for polyps and cancer
- Computed Tomography Colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
- Colonoscopy every 10 years