Colon cancer can happen to anyone, regardless of family history. However, it’s also one of the most treatable cancers if caught early. That’s why regular screenings are usually recommended if you’re 50 years or older. The American Cancer Society says that preventing colon cancer, not just finding it early, is a major reason for getting tested: “Having their polyps found and removed keeps some people from getting colorectal cancer.*” Setting up an appointment for a routine test now, and keeping it, is surely easier than changing your life to deal with cancer later.
Most people over 50 should get regular screenings, regardless of family history.
The simplest option is a home test kit:
You may decide to get a colonoscopy instead, which may mean getting tested just once every 10 years. Your doctor can help you choose which test may be right for you and how often you have to take it.
The American Cancer Society says that if you have a family history of colon cancer, you’re at higher risk and you may need to get screened using a different schedule *. Ask your doctor about when and how often you should get screened if it runs in your family.
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