Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men and women.
Are you at risk for colorectal cancer?
1. Are you 50 or older?
Fifty is the recommended age to begin colorectal to begin colorectal cancer screening, unless there is a family history, in which case screenings should start earlier. Other factors such as obesity, sedentary life style, smoking and the amount of intake of red meat can all increase the risk of colorectal cancer.
2. Do you have family history?
It's a fact the some families are more colorectal cancer-prone than others due to genetic predisposition to colorecatal cancer, referred to as Lynch syndrome. Through genetic testing, Lynch syndrom, often called heredity nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, can be identified.
Take the Family History Questionnaire before meeting with a geneticist.
3. Have you had your annual screening?
Colonscopies are considered the gold standard for detecting cancer, but the Cancer Center also offers free take-home kits, an alternative for those without insurance coverage. The kits, known as fecal immunochemical tests (FIT), detect blood in the stool and can provide early detection of cancer.