If you’re 50 or over, you should have a colon cancer screening
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Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Americans, yet more than 40 percent of Americans over the age of 50 are not getting the recommended cancer screenings, according to a new guidance statement by the American College of Physicians.
It is estimated that annually,, 150,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with colon cancer. Many of these cancers, and certainly many deaths, could be prevented with a colon cancer screening.
The best way to screen for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy, the College reports. Most people should get their first colonoscopy at age 50 and repeat it every 10 years if the test is normal. Other screenings are needed more frequently. Learn more by reading our Colonoscopy FAQs.
People with a family history of colorectal cancer should get screened at age 40, or when they are 10 years younger than the age at which a family member was diagnosed. African Americans with no risk factors should begin screening at age 45.
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