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Colorectal Cancer: Are You At Risk?

There is no single cause for developing colorectal cancer, but some people are considered to be at higher risk than the general population for colorectal cancer, including:

  • People with a family history of colorectal cancer. If you have a first degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) with colorectal cancer, you should get tested 10 years before his/her age of diagnosis. For instance, if he/she was diagnosed at 48, you should be tested when you are 38 years old.
  • People who have already been diagnosed with polyps or early stage colorectal cancer
  • People who have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease).
  • People with a family history of inherited breast cancer, uterine or ovarian cancer
  • Middle-aged people, 50 years and over.

If You Are Concerned, Get Screened Today!

If you are at higher risk, you should talk to your doctor about being screened as soon as possible or call Canadian Place Endoscopy directly for an appointment.

The possibility of a diagnosis of advanced colorectal cancer in patients in their 40s is not uncommon and colorectal cancer has been seen in patients in their 20s.

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