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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

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