Colon cancer remains the fourth most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in American adults. This disease can be prevented by screening for signs of cancer and removing polyps during a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society (ACS) strongly suggests that everyone age 45 and older have colon cancer screening if they haven’t already had a colonoscopy. Individuals with a high risk of developing colon cancer may need to schedule a first screening at an earlier age.
Stool tests detect hidden blood — which is blood in the stool that can’t be seen because it’s such a small amount. If you take a stool test and it’s positive for blood, you will need to have a colonoscopy as the procedure allows your physician to prevent and treat cancer by visually examining your rectum and large intestine and removing polyps.
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