Colorectal cancer is a slow-growing, deadly cancer. In fact, it’s the second most deadly cancer in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable, and even curable, if it’s caught early enough.
Prevention and treatment begin with screenings, particularly for men and women age 50 and older and those with a family history of colorectal cancer.
Colonoscopies are the most well-known preventive exams to look for signs of colorectal cancer, such as precancerous polyps. If you’re concerned about this type of screening, there are other options available. Your doctor can tell you more about the different types of colorectal cancer screenings.
Additionally, to find out what type of colorectal cancer screening is right for you, talk with your doctor about your health, your family history, and your potential risk for colorectal cancer. Most health insurance plans cover these types of preventive screenings at little or no cost to members. You can contact your health insurance company’s customer service to find out which screenings your health plan covers.