PREVENTION

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Colorectal cancer arises from initially benign polyps. Having polyps found and removed prevents these from turning into colorectal cancer.

Blood in the stool may be an indication of bleeding polyps or tumors. Starting at age 50, men and women with an average risk for developing colorectal cancer should do a fecal blood test every year and a colonoscopy every 10 years which provides the most exact results and dangerous polyps can be removed at the same time.

If you are at an increased or high risk of colorectal cancer, you might need to start colorectal cancer screening before age 50 and/or be screened more often.

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