Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. The disease affects more than 4% of both men and women at some time during their life.
While colon and rectal cancers are a reality for many Americans, early detection through screening can and does save lives, which is why the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends regular screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. There are multiple colorectal cancer screening strategies your doctor may recommend.
Here, we discuss the different colorectal screening types, how often you should get them, and what to expect during the screening.