Colorectal Cancer Prevention

March 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines. If everyone 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Here’s how:

Colorectal Tests Can Help Save Your Life

  • Tests detect precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented.
  • Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.

How Often Should People Get Colorectal Screening Tests?

  • The colonoscopy (every 10 years)
  • High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), also known as a stool test (every year)
  • The flexible sigmoidoscopy (every five years) with high-sensitivity FOBT (every three years)

If you are 50 years old or older, or think you may have a higher risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about getting screened. Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you.

Sources: CDC and AHRQ.gov

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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