Most people should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning age 45, and continue getting screened at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier than 45, or more often than other people. For example, you may need screening earlier or more often if you have:
- Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps.
- A genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
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- or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).
If you think you are at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about—
- When to begin screening.
- Which test is right for you.
- How often to get tested.
Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer. Check out the different screening tests available.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control)