colon cancer awareness

Colorectal Cancer is Preventable

Ask your doctor about the best screening test and schedule for you.

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Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Men and women of “average risk,” who do not have any family history of cancer, should get periodic screening tests, such as a colonoscopy, beginning at age 45. Ask your doctor about the best screening test and schedule for you.

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Time for a Colonoscopy?

At Memorial Hermann, you can schedule a screening colonoscopy directly if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are 50 years of age or older
  • You are African American and 45 years of age or older
  • You are 40 years old or 10 years younger than the age at which a first-degree relative was diagnosed with colon cancer

Due to recent changes in screening recommendations, please consult your insurance provider to confirm coverage if you are under the age of 50.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, the American Cancer Society recommends visiting a doctor to find the cause and receive treatment, if necessary:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Dark stools or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

Contact Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers

For more information about Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers, including how to get connected to our support services or an affiliated provider, please fill out the form below to be connected to one of our Oncology Nurse Navigators.

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If you need more immediate assistance, please call us at (833) 770-7771.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Educational Resources

Colon Cancer Symptoms and Screening
Colon Cancer Treatments and the Importance of Early Detection
What to Expect During a Colonoscopy