Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is a disease that often develops from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. Studies show that regular screenings for colorectal cancer improve survival rates and reduce the number of CRC-related deaths. Detecting disease early helps to prevent CRC from occurring and can optimize treatment outcomes.
*A family history of polyps does not necessarily indicate the need for earlier testing unless the polyps are suspected to be adenomas.
*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your physician.
In its earliest stages, CRC usually presents without pain or symptoms. It is possible to have polyps for years and not know it. Symptoms of CRC may include:
Approximately 75 percent of CRC occurs in people without any risk factors. The risk for CRC increases with age, with more than 90 percent of all CRC cases occurring in people over 50 years of age. Other risk factors include:
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