What is Colorectal Cancer Screening?

Colorectal cancer screening

Colorectal cancer develops from abnormal growth in the lining of the colon or rectum, called polyps. Screening is performed to detect the disease at its earliest stage, so it can be cured. The primary goal of the colorectal cancer screening is to identify polyps and remove them before they become malignant. Early detection helps to prevent death from the disease.


Who should be screened for colorectal cancer?

  • Men and women age 50 and above

    This increases the risk of developing colorectal cancer. While being overweight or obese raises the risk of colorectal cancer in both men and women, men are at a higher risk.

  • High Risk Individuals

    People who are at risk of developing colorectal cancer should be screened before the age of 50. If you are at risk, your doctor can advise when to begin the screening tests and how often.

The risk factors for developing colorectal cancer include:

  • CT colonography (CTC)/(virtual colonoscopy) - Performed every five years
  • Colonoscopy - Performed every 10 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema - Performed every 5 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - Performed every 5 years
  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) - Performed every year
  • Stool DNA test - Performed every three years

What happens if something is detected?

If blood, polyps or other suspicious areas are detected during screening (other than colonoscopy) your doctor will most likely recommend a follow-up colonoscopy. If polyps are found during a colonoscopy, a biopsy or polypectomy may be performed to determine if it is malignant.

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