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You're probably good. For now.

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Get the Facts.

Since you answered "No" to the five questions, it is likely that you are not in need of colorectal cancer screening. That being said, it's still a good idea to talk to  your GI if you feel like you should need screening for colon cancer. 

So, who needs to be scoped?

Everyone should be scoped at least every 10 years beginning at the age of 45. However, the Center for Disease Control recommends those with the following conditions to be scoped before 45 or at closer intervals:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)

  • Lynch syndrome

  • Family history of colorectal cancer

There are certain genetic, age, and lifestyle factors that put some people more at risk of developing colon cancer than others. If you fall into one of these categories, you should be especially careful of your risk of developing colon cancer and be sure to seek regular screening:

  • Lack of regular exercise

  • Alcohol consumption

  • Tobacco usage

  • Obesity

  • Low-fiber diet

  • Older age

  • African-American ethnicity

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