Quiz: Are You At Risk for Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. But colonoscopy can reduce deaths from the cancer by about 60 to 70 percent. If you answer yes to any of the statements below, you should discuss screening options with your doctor.
Several routine tests can help detect colorectal cancer early, when it’s most treatable. If you are age 50 or older or have any other risk factors for colon cancer, talk with your doctor about getting screened.
- I am older than age 50.
- I have a history of colorectal polyps, colon cancer, or ovarian cancer.
- My parents, siblings, or children were diagnosed with colon cancer.
- I have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease for 8 years or more.
- I have one of the following inherited syndromes: familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome.
- I am African-American.
- I am obese.
- I smoke.
- I drink three or more alcoholic beverages daily.
Learn more about our GI Cancer Program at WCHN and see what colorectal screening may be right for you.