Prevention is your best protection. Most cases of colon cancer occur after age 50.
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Risk factors include the following:
Talk with your doctor if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer. Together, you can determine when and how frequently to start getting colonoscopies.
Sometimes, colorectal cancer may not show any signs or symptoms at all, which is why screening is so important. However, there are symptoms that you should bring to your doctor’s attention right away.
Talk to your doctor. Together you can decide if your risk factors and/or symptoms suggest that an individualized screening plan is right for you. If you are over the age of 50, plan on having a colonoscopy regularly. Screenings may include:
Besides regular screenings and knowing your risk, you can adapt your lifestyle to limit your risk for developing colorectal cancer.
Some research suggests you can further reduce your risk by including certain things in your diet: