Harvard Women's Health Watch

Making smart screening decisions: Colon cancer screening

Learn which colorectal cancer tests you need, and how often you need them.

Harvard Women's Health Watch presents the first in our series of guides to help you make smarter choices about screening tests. This article will focus on colorectal cancer screening, with advice from Dr. Robert Mayer, the Stephen B. Kay Family professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

What is the goal of colorectal cancer screening?

To find precancerous polyps so that they can be removed before they become cancerous. By doing so, doctors can also identify which people may need more frequent screening.

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