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When should I be screened for rectal cancer?

According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, all adults should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 50. Continue until age 75. If you or your family is at a higher risk of colorectal cancer, you start screening earlier. Talk to your doctor about this.

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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