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Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of deaths from cancer.  If it is caught early, it can be treated.  If you are 50 years of age or older, you should have tests regularly to detect it.  The tests you may have are:
❑ Fecal Occult Blood Test—to look for small amounts of blood in your stool.  This test should be done yearly.
❑ Sigmoidoscopy—to look inside the rectum and colon using a small, lighted tube.  Your health care provider will do this in the office or clinic.  This test should be done every five to ten years. Tell your health care provider if you have had polyps or if you have a family member(s) with cancer of the intestine, breast, ovaries, or uterus, you may need testing before age 50 or more often. Ask your health care provider at what age you need to start and how often you need these tests: I need fecal occult blood tests every year(s) starting at age        . I need sigmoidoscopy every _____ years starting at age          . Keep track of these tests using the Personal Prevention Record in the center of this Health Guide.

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