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Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened as recommended.
If you're 50 years old or older, getting screened for colorectal cancer could save your life. Here's how—
You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then keep getting screened regularly until age 75. Ask your doctor if you should be screened if you’re older than 75.
Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. Having any of these things may increase your risk—
If you think you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.
Several tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer. Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends these tests to screen for colorectal cancer—
CDC's experts will answer your questions in a Twitter chat on Tuesday, March 26 at 1pm EDT. Use the hashtag #CDCCancerChat to follow the chat and ask questions.
CDC's Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years old or older about the importance of regular screening for colorectal cancer. This year, Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep joins the Screen for Life campaign, appearing in new TV and radio public service announcements. She talks about how much there is in life that we can't control, but says "here's something we can: colorectal cancer." She describes her own screening experience, and urges men and women to get screened beginning at age 50.
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