Colon disease
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We have resources to help you increase your knowledge about maintaining your colon health, and diagnosing and treating certain colon diseases.

Colon cancer risk assessment

Identify your risk level for colon cancer. Then share the results with your doctor.

Doctor discussion guide

The American Cancer Society recommends that people with an average risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) start screening at age 45.1,2 However, people with higher risks may need to consider screening sooner.1,3,4 Use this downloadable question guide that includes points to cover when you meet with your doctor. 

Frequently asked questions

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Q: At what age should I get my first colorectal cancer screening?

A: The age at which you should get your first colorectal screening depends on a variety of risk factors which you should discuss with your doctor.1 The American Cancer Society recommends people with average risk factors get screened starting at age 45 and at regular intervals thereafter.1 People with higher risk for CRC may need to be screened earlier and more frequently as recommended by their physician.1-4

Q: What are the most common risk factors for colorectal cancer?

Q: How common is colorectal cancer?

Q: What are my screening options?

Q: What is a colorectal polyp?

Q: What are adenoma detection rates (ADR) and why are they important?


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Corley DA, Jenson CD, Marks AR JR, et al. Adenoma detection rate and risk of colorectal cancer and death. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2014;370:2539–2541.