What Everyone Should Know About Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Colorectal cancer is the 2nd-leading cancer killer in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be!

  • Colorectal cancer starts without any signs or symptoms
  • Anyone can get colorectal cancer, even if they have no family or personal history
  • Colorectal cancer is just as common in women as men

 

 

Colorectal cancer is often preventable through screening. Colorectal cancer screening can save your life!

  • Everyone over 50 years of age should ask their doctor about colorectal cancer screening
  • Even when you feel healthy, colorectal cancer screening is an essential part of staying healthy

 

You have colorectal cancer screening options:

  • The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a home stool test you can get at your doctor’s office; generally recommended every year
  • Colonoscopy is a test done in a medical facility by a doctor who specializes in the procedure; generally recommended every 10 years
  • You can always choose not to get screened

 

 

You don’t have to make a screening decision alone. Talk to your healthcare provider and with other important people in your life. Their experience matters, and so does yours.

 

 

Colorectal cancer screening is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare.