When to begin screening?
The American Cancer Society recently recommended that adults at average risk should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45.
What does higher risk mean?
People who are at higher risk may need to begin screening before age 45 because they:
A simple and safe procedure in which your doctor uses a long tube with a light and camera to view the entire colon.
At-home kit that tests for abnormal DNA and blood in stool. Collect stool and send to lab for analysis.
At-home screening that tests for blood in the stool. Collect stool and send to lab for analysis.
This test can detect small amounts of blood in stool. A FOBT is more specific to finding blood from further up the digestive tract, such as the stomach.
A simple procedure in which your doctor uses a long tube with a light and camera to view part of the colon.
Air and barium solution are pumped into your rectum. X-rays are then used to look for polyps or other abnormalities.
Similar to standard colonoscopy but uses x-rays and computers to take 2- or 3-D images of your colon and rectum.
More reasons for early screeningYoung-onset colorectal cancer
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Several different types of colonoscopy prep regimens are available today, including prescription and over-the-counter options. While it is important to consult your healthcare provider for guidance, it can be helpful to conduct some of your own research.
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