About Risks and Screening Goals

About Risk

  • People who are 50 and older are at increased risk for colorectal cancer and need to get screened.  
  • Remember, colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all races and ethnicities.
  • You are at an even higher risk if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, especially pre-cancerous polyps called adenomas.
  • You are also at higher risk if you have longstanding chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Patients at higher risk due to family history or IBD may need to start screening before age 50.

Goals of Screening

  • The primary goal of screening is to prevent colorectal cancer by finding and removing polyps. 
  • The secondary goal of screening is to find cancer at an early stage before it spreads to other parts of the body.

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