Learn more about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and your options for getting tested
If you remember the slinky, etch-a-sketch and the pet rock, you’re probably approaching the age of 50. And, that means it’s time to start thinking about getting screened for colorectal cancer (CRC). While CRC is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., it largely preventable with regular screening and is treatable with early detection. Talk with your doctor about screening options and leave the threat of CRC behind.
The need to screen
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing and treating colorectal cancer. There are several screening options available. Watch the videos below to learn more about why you need to screen, your options and how you can properly prepare for a colonoscopy, the only screening option that prevents and treats colorectal cancer by detecting and removing polyps.
Preparing for a colonoscopy
1.In the U.S., colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths.
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Learn more about colorectal cancer, its risk factors and how to get screened. There are many choices of tests to get screened, including a colonoscopy. Talk to your gastroenterologist to find out which test is best for you.
If you are around the age of 50, talk with your doctor about which colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test is right for you. Use AGA's GI locator service to find a gastroenterologist, a specialized physician who screen for CRC, in your area who can help you make the best decision.
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2. Sadly, there are more than 50,000 deaths from colorectal cancer each year.
3. CRC is largely preventable with regular screening and it is treatable with early detection. Talk with your doctor about getting screened.
4. Average risk patients should begin screening at the age of 50. However, you may need to begin screening earlier than age 50 if you are considered high risk, such as those who have a close relative that has had CRC, or those with inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Your doctor can help you understand if you're considered high risk and when you should begin screening.