Epi proColon Question and Answer

Q. Who should be screened for colorectal cancer?

A. People who are at an average risk for colorectal cancer

The colorectal cancer (CRC) screening guideline recommends prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer, when it can be cured. The test is intended for screening people who are at an average risk for colorectal cancer (CRC). Women and men above 50 years of age and older are considered at average risk for colorectal cancer. People with a history of polyps, previous CRC, inflammatory bowel disease or family history of CRC are also considered at average risk for developing colorectal cancer and should be screened.

People with high risk for developing CRC

People with high risk for developing colorectal cancer (CRC) should be screened. This includes people with a family history of CRC - especially if two or more first degree relatives less than 50 years of age have CRC. High risk persons also include people with a family history of polyps in the colon or rectum, Crohn’s disease; people with high risk for developing inflammatory bowel disease, and genetic syndromes like Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer) or FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis).

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