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Get Tested for Colorectal Cancer 


The Basics

If you are age 50 or older, get tested regularly for colorectal (“koh-loh-REK-tuhl”) cancer. All it takes is a visit to the doctor to have a special exam (called a screening).

You may need to get tested before age 50 if colorectal cancer runs in your family. Talk to your doctor.

How often do I need to get screened?
How often you get screened will depend on your risk for colorectal cancer. It will also depend on which screening test is used.

There are different ways to test for colorectal cancer. Some tests are done every 1 to 2 years. Other tests are done every 5 to 10 years.

Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you and how often you need to get screened.

Most people can stop getting screened after age 75. Talk with your doctor.

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