Awareness and Prevention

Although a leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, colorectal cancer can be more easily and successfully treated if detected early. It’s important to be aware of your risk factors and do everything you can to prevent the disease.

Risks

The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50. You're also more likely to get it if you have:

  • Colorectal polyps
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease

In addition, your risk increases if you eat a diet high in fat or if you smoke.

Screening

Screening tests help find precancerous growths or can detect colorectal cancer early. Several screening tests are available, but we recommend a colonoscopy as the top choice because it allows the doctor to remove precancerous polyps or to take biopsies of anything that might look abnormal.

Our physicians recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50 for both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer.

If you are at an increased or high risk of colorectal cancer, you should begin colorectal cancer screening before age 50 or be screened more often. If you are unsure whether you need colorectal cancer screening, contact our Cancer Answer Line at 1-888-980-6050 to help answer your questions.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a colorectal cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.