Colon Cancer, Who is at High Risk?

Individuals with a high risk for colorectal cancer may require more frequent screening. This would include people who:

  • Have a family history of colorectal cancer and polyps
  • If you are over the age of 50 the risk increases
  • People who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)  are at increased risk for colon cancer because the tissue of the colon is inflamed for a long period of time – this includes a history of ulcerative colitus and Crohn’s disease. (Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is different from inflammatory bowel disease and does not carry an increased risk for cancer.)
  • Cancer of other organs, especially breast cancer or cancer of the uterus

The American Cancer Society recommends that routine screening should begin for the early detection of colorectal cancer at the age of 50.


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