What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer starts in the lower end of the digestive system, in either the colon (large intestine) or rectum. Most colorectal cancer starts as a polyp or growth in the colon lining. Polyps can become cancerous, so it’s important to have a doctor remove them if they’re found during a colonoscopy.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Colorectal cancer is highly treatable, especially if detected early. That’s why screenings are so important. Advances in colon cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment have improved the quality of life and lifespan of people with colorectal cancer.
Ask your primary care doctor when you should start colorectal screenings. You may need to begin getting colonoscopies at age 45 or earlier if you have:
- Personal history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Family history of colorectal cancer
- Genetic condition that increases your risk
You’ll receive timely, accurate test results thanks to our advanced technology and best-practice techniques.