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REGULAR SCREENING MAY

DETECT CANCER EARLY

In 2020, more than 1.8 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer – and early detection remains our best bet for treatment.7

COLORECTAL CANCER

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum.7 It doesn't always cause symptoms, especially in early stages.7 But with regular screening, it can often be prevented or found early when it's small and might be easier to treat.7

~1in 23

1 in 23 American men and 1 in 25 American women will develop colorectal cancer.11

90%

When diagnosed at the local stage, the 5-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is 90%.7

GROUP

AVAILABLE TESTS

FREQUENCY

45 – 75

Average
risk people

Stool-based tests and visual exams available

Frequency depends on the type of screening test

76 – 85

Average
risk people

Screening based on preferences, life expectancy, overall health and screening history

Discuss with your doctor

High risk

Adults

Stool-based tests and visual exams available

May need to be screened more often and/or get specific tests.


A polyp can take as many as 10 to 15 years to develop into cancer. With screening, doctors can find and remove polyps before they have the chance to turn into cancer.9,11

– American Cancer Society


Colorectal cancer screening

People at high risk include those with a personal history of colorectal cancer and certain types of polyps, a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome, and a personal history of getting radiation to the abdomen or pelvis.8,11

There are several effective tests available, including visual tests (colonoscopy, CT colonography and flexible sigmoidoscopy) and at-home stool tests that look for abnormal fecal DNA or blood.7

Stool-based tests* include a highly sensitive fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year, a highly sensitive guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) every year, and a multi-targeted stool DNA test (MT-sDNA every 3 years).7

Visual exams* include a colonoscopy every 10 years, CT (virtual) colonography every 5 years, and a flexible sigmoidoscopy (FSIG) every 5 years.7

*If a person chooses to be screened with a test other than colonoscopy, any abnormal test result should be followed up with colonoscopy.11


A polyp can take as many as 10 to 15 years to develop into cancer. With screening, doctors can find and remove polyps before they have the chance to turn into cancer.9,11

– American Cancer Society




Cancer screening tests for patients

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Cancer screening tests for patients

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