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Colorectal Cancer Screening

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You play a big role in maintaining your health. That’s why we encourage you to discuss colorectal cancer screening with your physician. Approximately one third of colorectal cancer deaths could be avoided if people over 50 years old were routinely screened with any of the five recommended testing options. Colorectal cancer, which affects both men and women, is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Over 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in those 50 or older, but screenings may be indicated earlier for people at increased risk. (CDC Screening Guidelines)  
Recommended* preventive screenings  

Screening Test Recommended Frequency
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) 
Once a year starting at 50 
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (Flex Sig) 
Once every 5 years starting at 50 
FOBT + Flex Sig 
FOBT each year and Flex Sig once every 5 years starting at 50 
Double Contrast Barium Enema 
Once every 5 – 10 years starting at 50 
Colonoscopy 
Once every 10 years starting at 50 for people with no family or personal history of polyps and no symptoms 
*CDC Screening Guidelines 
This is an important issue. Remember:  
Don’t avoid or delay getting screened. Your life might depend on it.
Colorectal cancer often causes no symptoms until it has reached a relatively advanced stage.
Early detection greatly improves the chances of a cure.
 
For more information and resources, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm  
 
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