Am I at risk?
Screening for colon cancer should be a part of routine care for all adults of 50 and older, especially for those with close relatives who’ve had colorectal cancer.
Screening tests are given when there are no cancer symptoms and may be repeated on a regular basis, especially on high-risk individuals. “When malignant tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to manage,” Rapoport says. “By the time symptoms appear, colon cancer may have spread.” The following are colon-cancer risk factors: Increasing age Family history of colorectal cancer Personal history of colorectal adenomas or benign tumours, colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer
Personal history of chronic ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease Alcohol abuse Smoking Obesity