Know Yourself

Know Yourself: CRC is often misdiagnosed in young adults.

What are some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer that you should consider?

Some of the symptoms* that may appear are:

Please keep in mind that colorectal cancer does not always present symptoms. If you are 50 years old (45 for African-Americans) and due for colorectal cancer screening, don't wait! Talk to your doctor about what screening options are available for you.

Know your medical history.  Am I at a higher risk for colorectal cancer?

At what age should I start getting screened? 

Most physicians recommend screening start at age 50.  If you have a 1st degree relative that has been diagnosed with CRC, speak to your doctor about your potential need to be screened before age 50.

Be your own advocate!

One of the most important things to remember is to be your own advocate. You know your body best. If something feels wrong, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor!

*American Cancer Society: cancer.org