Screening is the best way to find colorectal cancer early, because it looks for signs of cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. In many cases, regular screenings can:
Find and remove polyps (an abnormal growth that can turn into cancer)
Find colorectal cancer at an early stage, greatly improving treatment outcomes
Alert you to changes in your colon
Check out this infographic, provided by the American Cancer Society®: Colon Cancer: Catching It Early.
If you are at high risk of colon cancer based on family history or other factors, you may need to be screened using a different schedule. Ask your doctor about when you should begin screening and how often.
Check with your insurance provider for questions about coverage and cost of each screening option.