What Is Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Screening is an extremely important preventive method to catch cancer early before it advances to an incurable stage. Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is useful among individuals who do not show symptoms. It can help detect polyps in the colon and rectum, which can develop into cancer if left untouched.
- The American Cancer Society recommends screening should begin at 45 years for average-risk adults. You can find the recommendation here.
- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also recommends that adults at average risk should begin screening at 45 years. You can find the recommendation here.
- You may need to screen earlier if you are at a higher risk of developing CRC