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According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)* and the American Cancer Society (ACS), screening options include:
*Additional screening options include a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and CT colonography.
Talk to your healthcare provider to find the right option for you.