All men and women over the age of fifty should be screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. There are some instances when people should start getting screened earlier including.

  • If you are experiencing pain, blood or other irregularities when passing bowel movements.
  • If you have a family history of colorectal cancer start getting screened at the age of 40 or ten years before your family member was diagnosed.
  • If you have ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s disease talk to your doctor about getting screened before age 50.
  • If you are African American you are more at risk and should start getting screened at age 45.

If you aren’t sure if any of these categories apply to you or you are over the age of 50, and have never been screened for colorectal cancer give us a call to schedule an appointment to talk to your provider.

*None of the information printed here constitutes medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider before making decisions regarding your individual health and medical care.

Sources:

Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Centers for Disease Control

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