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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Overview

Your risk for colorectal cancer gets higher as you get older. Some experts say that adults should start regular screening at age 50 and stop at age 75. Others say to start before age 50 or continue after age 75. Talk with your doctor about your risk and when to start and stop screening. You may have one of several tests.

People who have an increased risk for colorectal cancer may need to be tested sooner or more often.

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Current as of: December 17, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

Arvydas D. Vanagunas MD - Gastroenterology

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