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Your risk for colorectal cancer gets higher as you get older. If you are not at high risk, experts recommend regular screening for adults ages 50 to 74.footnote 1 Talk with your doctor about your risk and when to start and stop screening. You may have one of several tests.
Screening tests for colorectal cancer look for signs of cancer before you have symptoms. Screening tests for colorectal cancer include:
People who have an increased risk for colorectal cancer may need to be tested sooner or more often.
CitationsCanadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (2016). Recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer in primary care. Canadian Medical Association Journal, published online March 15, 2016. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.151125. Accessed April 6, 2016.
Adaptation Date: 3/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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