Most adults should be screened for colon cancer starting at the age of 45. Colon cancer often starts as a small growth or lump called a polyp. Polyps can become cancer. When found early, they can often be taken out before they become cancer.
Colon cancer screenings can find cancer before you feel any symptoms. A Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) should be done each year to look for this type of cancer. FIT, is an easy test to do at home that looks at a stool sample for signs of hidden blood. Depending upon family history and risk factors, your physician may also recommend a colonoscopy that can find and remove polyps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer information on Colorectal Cancer Awareness.
To learn more about FIT Tests visit Colon Cancer Screening (FIT kit information) – Health Services Los Angeles County (lacounty.gov).
The American Cancer Society also has an informative section on Colorectal Cancer risk factors, prevention, testing and treatment.
If you are over 45, check with your doctor about colorectal cancer screening. It could save your life.