More than 50,000 Americans die each year from colorectal cancer. The heartbreaking thing is that most of these deaths could have — and should have — been prevented.

Screening is the No.1 way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer. If found early, colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of the disease.

Know Your Options

From colonoscopies to at-home stool tests, there is an option for everyone to get screened. The only questions are what method to use, when to get screened and how often.

There are several different ways to be screened for colon cancer, including laboratory tests on your stool, simple procedures and imaging tests. It’s important to discuss with your doctor which screening option is best for you given your medical condition and preferences.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends colon cancer screenings starting at age 50 through age 74. According to the USPTSF, your stool should be tested every one to three years. You should also have a direct visualization of your colon through a simple procedure every three to 10 years.

Advocate for your health! Do not put it off. Talk to your doctor about getting checked.

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