Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Colon Cancer Screening
Unexplained symptoms such as bleeding, weight loss, abdominal pain, or a change in bowel habits deserve medical attention, since they can be a sign of a serious problem with the digestive system.
If you are not having any of these symptoms, the next step is to figure out whether you may be at above-average risk for developing colon cancer. People who are at moderate or high risk for colon cancer may need a different type of screening or more frequent screening than those who have a normal or average risk.
Do you have any of the following risk factors for colon cancer
a past diagnosis of colon cancer or colon polyps
one or more family members who have been diagnosed with colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
a suspected family cancer syndrome such as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (also known as HNPCC or Lynch syndrome) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)?