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Unfortunately, colon cancer is one of the most common cancers prevalent in the United States. While colon cancer can be incredibly deadly, this disease is treatable if it is caught early. By examining genetic and environmental risk factors, doctors can also prevent cancer from developing from polyps. There are a few risk factors to consider when thinking about colon cancer. 

Age is among the most important components. Colon cancer is extremely rare among those younger than 40, though it is not impossible for a young person to find that they have it. The vast majority of cases are found in those older than 50. 

 The doctor will ask for the patient’s personal medical history. Past medical conditions like Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis indicate a potential for colon cancer. Family history is also an important component for doctors checking for colon cancer. Before the cancer screening, the doctor will ask about family members who have been diagnosed with colon cancer or polyps. 

 The process of undergoing a screening for colon cancer includes assessing one’s risk based on family and medical history. The physician is likely to ask a variety of questions before completion of the screening. Ultimately, it is a lifesaving process that you can learn more about here.

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