Early stages of colorectal cancer usually present no symptoms. It is highly treatable if detected early.
Colonoscopy is the only test to prevent colorectal cancer, with its unique ability to remove polyps
before they turn into cancer. It is the only screening test recommended at 10-year intervals, because
it’s by far the best test at finding precancerous polyps. Screening is now recommended to begin at 45 years of age for patients at average risk.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has collated critical information here to
enable you to make informed choices about your health care. Consult your physician for more information.
View ASGE leaders promoting the importance of colorectal cancer screening in this Balancing Act
segment on Lifetime TV.
What is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is the gold standard in colorectal cancer screening. It’s the best
test for finding precancerous polyps, the only test that allows for removal of precancerous polyps
during the exam and the only test recommended at 10 year intervals. Learn more about colonoscopy below.
Why Screen For Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer (also referred to as colon cancer) is a cancer that develops
in the colon or the rectum. Colorectal cancer usually develops slowly over a period of many years and
can be prevented if caught early. Regular screening can help prevent CRC through diagnosis at an early,
curable stage or through removal of precancerous polyps.
Who Should Screen?
Latest recommendations encourage average-risk individuals to begin screening at
age 45 years. High-risk individuals, such as those with family history, symptoms and certain lifestyles,
should screen earlier. Read on to find out more.
What Types Of Screening?
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives in two important ways:
- By finding and removing precancerous polyps before they become cancerous
- By detecting the cancer early when it is most treatable
There are many options for screening but not all are the same. Depending on
your history and personal situation, certain tests like colonoscopy are the most effective. Learn about
the different test options below.
How to Get A Colonoscopy?
ASGE’s members are qualified gastroenterologists who have highly specialized
training in endoscopic procedures of the digestive tract. Use the Find a Doctor tool to locate an ASGE
member gastroenterologist in your area.