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Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society.
Starting today, you can make changes in your lifestyle habits that can reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer. We recommend:
Regular colon cancer screening is one of the best ways to help prevent colorectal cancer. Sometimes, we can find and remove polyps, or growths, before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screening can also detect colon cancer early, when it is small and more easily cured. There are three standard screening options recommended by the American Cancer Society for early detection of colon cancer, all starting at age 50 (for men and women):
*A colonoscopy should be performed if test result is positive
Learn more about cancer screening guidelines for men and cancer screening guidelines for women.
If you have a history of colorectal cancer in your family, talk with your doctor about when and how often to have screening tests. We may suggest earlier screenings for individuals with high risk factors for colon cancer.