Colorectal screenings save lives
If detected and treated early, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. Screening tests help find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Several screening methods are used to detect colorectal cancers, including:
- Digital rectal exam
- Fecal occult blood test
- Barium enema
- Virtual colonoscopy
All men and women should begin screenings for colorectal cancer at age 45. Some people should be screened earlier than 45, including those with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer or polyps. Get answers to some commonly asked questions about colon cancer screening.