Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Join Dr. Kenneth Hopland as he discusses the importance of colon cancer screening, and gives more details about the screening options listed below.

When Should I Start Screening?

  • Most guidelines recommend average-risk individuals start screening at age 50.
  • African Americans and people with a family history of cancer or polyps should start screening earlier.

What Screening Options are Available?

  • Colonoscopy. Often called “the gold standard” colonoscopy is the only screening that both detects and prevents cancer. Colonoscopy is shown to reduce the incidence of cancer by 89%.
  • Hemoccult (FIT) Testing. An at-home test that screens for blood present in stool sample.
  • Cologhard. Another at-home test, Cologuard also screens for blood in stool, as well as pre-cancerous DNA.

What are Colon Cancer Risk Factors?

  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Long-term irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Family history of colorectal cancer

What are Colon Cancer Symptoms?

  • Persistent rectal bleeding
  • Blood in stools
  • change in bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss



Colorectal Cancer Health Center by WebMD

  • Colorectal cancer is diagnosed in more than 130,000 people each year in the U.S. alone. Get in-depth information on colorectal cancer including articles on causes, symptoms, prevention and treatments.