March is National Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.
Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for all men and women starting at age 50. Colorectal cancer includes cancers found in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. If you are age 50 or older and have been putting off a screening for colon cancer, now is a good time to talk to your doctor about getting tested.
Screening tests can find polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum before they turn into cancer. Additionally, screenings can help find colon cancer early, when treatment works best. As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDCs) Screen for Life campaign, Meryl Streep explains how screening tests can help prevent colon cancer*.
Speak with your doctor about which colorectal screening test is right for you:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years.
- Yearly fecal occult blood test (FOBT).
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year.
- Colonoscopy every 10 years.
You should also get screened if you have the following risk factors:
- You or a relative had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
- You have inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- You have genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).
To learn more about the importance of colorectal screening, please visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Colorectal Cancer.
*Meryl Streep video and content provided by the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.