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Published on March 21, 2019

Do You Know When You Should Start Colorectal Cancer Screenings?

When Should you Start Colorectal Cancer Screenings?

The recommended age to start regular screenings for colorectal cancer is 50, but if you are at high risk for colorectal cancer, you may need to start screening earlier. You may be at high risk if:

  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer.
  • You have a history of certain growths in your intestines.
  • You are of African-American or Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

You have many screening options. You can visit a health care provider for a colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy, or you can choose to do a stool sample screening, which can sometimes be done at home.

Screening saves lives. Talk to your health care provider about when you should start screening for colorectal cancer.