In many cases, colorectal cancer can be stopped before it spreads. Still, it’s one of the five most common cancers in the U.S. and is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths. Don’t let myths stop you from getting life-saving screening tests.
When your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not mean he or she thinks you have cancer. Screening tests are done when you have no cancer symptoms. But neglecting these tests could mean ending up with a cancer that could have been prevented.
Even though recommended screenings don’t begin until age 45 for those with no family history of colorectal cancer, rates of new colon and rectal cancer diagnoses have been increasing significantly for people under 50.