According to the American Cancer Society, men and women at average risk should start getting screened for colorectal cancer at age 45. The number of cases of colorectal cancer in people under 50 is expected to almost double by 2030.
Most people with colorectal cancer have no family history of the disease.
If someone in your family had the disease talk to your medical provider about beginning screening at an earlier age.
Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Signs of colon cancer can sometimes be similar to other digestive tract problems, with symptoms including:
- Change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a few days, such as diarrhea or constipation
- Rectal bleeding
- Dark stools, or blood in the stool
- Cramping or abdominal pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
If you are experiencing these symptoms, no matter what your age, speak with your healthcare provider.
Colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, especially in the early stages, which is why it’s important to get screened starting at age 45 even if you don’t have symptoms.