Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and one of the easiest types of cancer to detect. Many times, there are no symptoms during the early stages of colon cancer, which is why screening is so important.
Who should complete a colorectal cancer screening?
All adults with average risk for colon cancer should begin screenings at age 45 and continue regular recommended screenings in the years after.
Always talk to your primary care physician about your individual screening needs.
What do colorectal cancer screenings look for?
During colonoscopies, your doctor looks for any precancerous growths or polyps in the colon. Other colorectal screenings look for DNA mutations or hidden blood in the stool, as these can be early signs of colorectal cancer.
Why are regular colorectal cancer screenings important?
Colon cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
Regular colorectal screenings are the most powerful tool for early detection and treatment, yet 4 out of 10 people in our region do not get screened.
If found early, colon cancer 5-year survival rates are above 90%.