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Colon Cancer Facts

The Facts About Colorectal Cancer

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer.
  • Both men and women get colorectal cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer often starts without any symptoms.
  • You can STOP this cancer before it starts.
  • Testing for colorectal cancer can save your life.

Screening can detect precancerous polyps so that they can be removed BEFORE they turn into colorectal cancer.

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Screening for Colorectal Cancer

Screening tests help your doctor find polyps or cancer before you have symptoms. Finding and removing polyps may prevent colorectal cancer. Also, treatment for colorectal cancer is more likely to be effective when the disease is found early.

  • People in their 50s and older should be screened.
  • People who are at higher-than-average risk of colorectal cancer should talk with their doctor about whether to have screening tests before age 50, what tests to have, the benefits and risks of each test, and how often to schedule appointments.
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