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Fast Facts about colon cancer and screening


  • Your risk of colon cancer increases dramatically after the age of 50.
  • 1 in 3 adults over 50 is not getting screened.
  • 4 out of 5 people diagnosed with colon cancer have no prior family history.
  • Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
  • When caught early, colon cancer is 90% curable.

References:

  1. American Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer risk factors. American Cancer Society website. Last revised January 30, 2016. Accessed August 4, 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: colorectal cancer tests save lives. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Updated November 7, 2013. Accessed February 9, 2016.
  3. American Cancer Society. Signs and symptoms of colon cancer. American Cancer Society website. Published February 29, 2016. Accessed August 4, 2016.
  4. American Cancer Society. Key statistics for colorectal cancer. American Cancer Society website. Last revised January 20, 2016. Accessed August 4, 2016.
  5. Myths and facts about colorectal cancer. Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement website. Accessed January 26, 2016.

Screening options

According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)* and the American Cancer Society (ACS), screening options include:

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Colonoscopy

  • Prep required
  • Hospital/outpatient clinic
  • Sedated patient
  • Tube inserted in rectum and advanced through large intestine
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Stool DNA

  • No prep required
  • At-home test
  • No diet or medication restrictions
  • Uses stool DNA to detect abnormal cells and blood hidden in stool
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Fecal occult blood test

  • No prep required
  • At-home test
  • May require diet restrictions
  • Tests for blood hidden in stool

*Additional screening options include a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and CT colonography.


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Talk to your healthcare provider to find the right option for you.