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Getting screened for colorectal cancer can prevent cancers from developing by finding and removing colon polyps before they become serious - usually at the same visit.
Make time for your screening.
The life you may save is your own.
Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these five screening options:
There are three ways to screen for colon cancer. The first is a stool test (to check for blood). Most medical authorities recommend this be done every 1 to 2 years.
The second method is a sigmoidoscopy exam (a test that uses a flexible small scope to look at the lower part of your colon), recommended every 5 years. Most health care providers recommend that the stool test and the sigmoidoscopy be used together.
The third method is a colonoscopy exam. A colonoscopy is similar to a sigmoidoscopy, but it allows the entire colon to be viewed. The patient usually is mildly sedated during a colonoscopy.
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