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  • Colorectal cancer screening starts at age 45

    Most people should begin screening for colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) at 45. There are many screening tests for colorectal cancer, including some you can do at home. Your healthcare provider will recommend a test that fits your age, personal and family medical history, and preferences. Here are some common options that may be right for you:

  • Helpful tools for screening 

    Get a screening recommendation

    Answer a short quiz from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance for a recommendation based on your individual risk factors.

    Find a screening location near you

    Learn more about cancer screening from the American Cancer Society and use the screening locator.

  • Greeting cards for the colons you care about

    Say, "Hey! It's time to get checked," with a free e-card.

  • Eighty percent of people aged 45-49 are not getting checked as recommended.

  • A partnership to save lives

    Timed to March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and the American Cancer Society are partnering to educate about CRC risk factors and get more Americans screened.

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    American Cancer Society

    The American Cancer Society is a leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. For more than 100 years, we have been improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support. We are committed to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. To learn more, visit cancer.org or call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-227-2345. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    Colorectal Cancer Alliance

    The Colorectal Cancer Alliance empowers a nation of passionate and determined allies to prevent, treat, and overcome colorectal cancer in their lives and communities. We advocate for prevention, magnify support, and accelerate research to end this disease. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Alliance is the largest national nonprofit dedicated to colorectal cancer, and we exist to end this disease in our lifetime. For more information, visit colorectalcancer.org.