What You Should Know About Colon Cancer Screening

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

Screening Saves Lives

If you are 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening test could save your life.

Here’s how:
• Colorectal cancer usually starts from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn’t be there.
• Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.
• Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
• Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

Who Gets Colorectal Cancer?

• Both men and women can get it.
• It is most often found in people 50 or older.
• The risk increases with age.

Are You at High Risk?

Your risk for colorectal cancer may be higher than average if:
• You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
• You have inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.
• You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that adults aged 50–75 be screened for colorectal cancer. People at high risk for colorectal cancer may need earlier or more frequent tests than other people. 

Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our providers about getting screened. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

Source: CDC