Colonoscopy screenings are recommended for women and men every 10 years, beginning at age 50, or at age 45 for African Americans. If you have a family history of colon or rectal cancer, talk to your doctor about whether you might benefit from earlier or more frequent screenings.
According to national studies, people of African-American and Latino descent are at higher risk of getting colorectal cancer than other populations.
African-American Community and Colorectal Cancer
Latino Community and Colorectal Cancer
Too often, colorectal cancer is not detected early, which could mean fewer options for treatment.
Screening typically begins at age 50, but other factors such as a family history of colon cancer or polyps may lead your doctor to recommend an earlier screening.
Other factors that increase your likelihood may include, but are not limited to:
When colorectal cancer is detected at an early (local) stage, chances of survival and recovery improve. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, rectal bleeding or a change in the consistency, shape or frequency of bowel movements you should see your doctor. But remember, you can have polyps or colon cancer without having symptoms, so it’s important to get screened, even if you feel healthy.
1. Make an appointment with your primary care physician
2. Meet with the specialist your primary care physician referred – and get screened