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Screening and prevention

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States. Yet it's one of the few cancers that's preventable. Screening for colorectal cancer is the No. 1 way you can prevent colon cancer and rectal cancer. They're also highly treatable if caught early. That’s why on-time screening is essential and lifesaving.

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Get screened at 45

Most people should begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 45, according to the latest recommendations from the American Cancer Society. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors, you may need to be screened earlier than 45. Speak with your healthcare provider about developing a screening plan for you. They can recommend when and how you should be screened.

Colorectal cancer screening methods

There are a number of options for screening for colorectal cancer. You and your doctor can choose which one is best for you.

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How to prepare for your colonoscopy

Preparing for your colonoscopy can be a daunting experience. Good prep ensures your doctor will have a clear look at your colon, which leads to stronger results. Find out what to do each day before your colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer screening statistics


Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.


With early detection, colorectal cancer has a 90% survival rate.

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About 33% of eligible adults are not getting screened.

Frequently asked questions about colorectal cancer screening

“I was otherwise healthy and active. Because they found my cancer at age 45 when I was eligible to get my first screening, I was able to beat cancer.”

Haleema B.

Take the colon cancer screening quiz

Getting checked for colon cancer can save your life. Take a short quiz to receive personalized screening options based on your individual risk factors.

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