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At what age should I get a colon cancer screening? 

Of the cancers that affect both men and women, colon cancer is the second most deadly. However, screening can help to identify and remove precancerous polyps before they become cancer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend every man and woman over the age of 50 receive regular screenings for colon cancer.

People at a higher risk for developing colon cancer may need to be screened earlier. The National Cancer Institute cites the following factors contributing to increased risk for colon cancer:

• Being over the age of 50

• Having polyps removed in the past even if they were benign

• A history of colon cancer, ovarian, uterine or breast cancer

• Having ulcerative colitis or Crohn colitis

• Smoking

• A sedentary lifestyle

• A diet high in red and processed meats and low in whole grains, fruits and vegetables

If you would like to schedule a screening for colon cancer, you can contact an East Jefferson General Hospital gastroenterologist through HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us online at

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