Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer
Prevention and Control
4770 Buford Hwy, NE
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
Call: 1 (800) CDC-INFO
TTY: 1 (888) 232-6348
FAX: (770) 488-4760
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Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Know Before You Go
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. National guidelines for colorectal cancer screening include the following tests—
The benefits and risks of these screening methods vary. Discuss with your doctor which test is best for you, and check with your insurance provider to find out which tests are covered by your insurance plan, and how much you will have to pay.
Ask Your Doctor
Do I need to get a screening test for colorectal cancer?
If you're having a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, you will want to know—
If You're at Increased Risk
If You're Having Symptoms
These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know what is causing them is to speak with your doctor about them.
Page last reviewed: March 31, 2009
Page last updated: March 31, 2009
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion