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The Truth About Colorectal Cancer

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum.

Who is at risk?

The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older.

What are symptoms?

Colorectal cancer usually starts from a growth called a polyp in the colon or rectum. Polyps can cause blood in your stool, stomach pain, aches or cramps that don’t go away, even weight loss. But some people with polyps have no symptoms. That’s why you need regular screening.

How do you get screened?

Beginning at age 50, you should use one of the screening tests below:

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years*
  • Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years*
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years*
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

* If results are positive, a colonoscopy should be done.

Does screening really save lives? According to the American Cancer Society, if everyone over 50 were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided. Schedule your regular screening test today.