Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Regular colorectal cancer screening allows doctors to detect and remove abnormal cell growth before it becomes cancerous.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends regular screening beginning at age 50. Recommended options include a fecal occult blood test or a fecal immunochemical test each year combined with a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years; a double contrast barium enema every five years; or a colonoscopy every 10 years. The ACS further recommends that individuals at moderate or high risk discuss different screening schedules with their doctors.
Screening programs at the Cancer Institute are designed to encourage public awareness and early detection. Scheduling and fees vary. For more information, please call our Center for Cancer Risk Evaluation, 443-777-7875.