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Colorectal Cancer

Thousands of Americans are diagnosed each year with either colon cancer or rectal cancer – collectively known as “colorectal cancer.” Because these cancers are most effectively treated in early stages, screenings are incredibly important.

In fact, the American Cancer Society recently lowered the recommended age for screenings from 50 to 45 because of increased diagnoses among younger adults. If you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as being older, overweight, tobacco or alcohol use or family history, talk to your primary care provider about screening.


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Tips and Resources About Colorectal Cancer

What You Should Know About the Signs of Colorectal Cancer

Each year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with either colon cancer or rectal cancer, collectively known as “colorectal cancer.” We’ve got some advice on knowing the signs.

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Are At-Home Colorectal Cancer Screenings Effective?

You probably know about colonoscopies. That type of screening is considered the gold standard, but it’s not the only option these days.

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With Colorectal Cancer Screenings, 45 is the New 50

The older you get, the more necessary screenings are for certain health conditions. In 2018, the American Cancer Society lowered recommendations for colorectal cancer screenings from 50 years old to 45 — meaning the work of prevention starts a little earlier.

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