People Who Avoid Colorectal Cancer Over 30 Years Because of Screening

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In people ages 50 to 74: With a stool test every year, 41 out of 1,000 people will avoid colorectal cancer over 30 years, compared with people who do not have any screening. With a sigmoidoscopy every 5 years and a stool test every year, 44 out of 1,000 people will avoid colorectal cancer over 30 years, compared with people who do not have any screening. With a colonoscopy every 10 years, 46 out of 1,000 people will avoid colorectal cancer over 30 years, compared with people who do not have any screening.

No matter what test you use, regular testing lowers your risk of getting and dying from colorectal cancer. Screening can find cancer early, when it can be treated and often cured.

The information shown here is based on the best available evidence.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofMay 28, 2015

Current as of: May 28, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine