Colon Cancer Prevention - Screening

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When should colon cancer screening begin?

Screening for colorectal cancer is one of the best ways to prevent the disease. Most screening has been done in the recent past by the invasive technique of colonoscopy. Colon cancer screening tests and procedures look for pre-cancerous or cancer cells in people who have no symptoms of disease.

Some screening procedures and tests may vary depending on a person's risk factor for colorectal cancer.

The new FDA-approved test is not invasive, less expensive and much easier to accomplish than colonoscopy but it is not a treatment procedure. However, colonoscopy can both screen for precancerous and cancerous conditions and treat many of those (by removing the suspected tissue) during a single invasive procedure.

Adults who have no risk factors for colon cancer should begin colon screening at the age of 50.

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