Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. This is one cancer that can often be prevented and/or cured with regular screening and early detection…
Who Gets Colon Cancer?
- Both men and women, and people of all races and ethnicities, are at risk for developing colon cancer.
- Most colon cancers occur in people age 50 and older, but younger people can also get this disease.
How Does Colon Cancer Develop?
- Most colon cancers start with a small non-cancerous growth in the colon or rectum, called a polyp. Over time, some polyps can grow and turn into cancer.
Will I Know if I Have Colon Cancer?
- Early colon cancers and pre-cancerous polyps often don’t cause any symptoms. This is why getting screened, before you have symptoms , is so important.
- Screening helps to detect early colon cancer when it’s highly curable. Screening can also help to prevent colon cancer by finding and removing potentially pre-cancerous polyps before they turn into cancer.
When Should I Get Screened for Colon Cancer?
- Men and women at average risk for colon cancer should start screening at age 50.
- Men and women who have certain risk factors , such as a family history of colon polyps or cancer, need to talk with their doctor about starting screening at a younger age.
How Do I Get Screened for Colon Cancer?
- Men and women at average risk for colon cancer need to begin screening at age 50. The American Cancer Society recommends getting screened with 1 of 7 available tests. See more information on these screening tests here .
- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends colonoscopy as the preferred screening test in New York City.