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When should I be screened for rectal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Rectal cancer most commonly appears in people who have reached or passed middle age. Generally, doctors recommend screenings for rectal cancer once a person turns 50. If a family member has had colorectal cancer or polyps, your doctor may recommend beginning screenings at an earlier age, so be sure to discuss your family history with your doctor.

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