Colorectal (colon and rectal) cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. It is more slightly common in men than in women. Colon cancer screening can often lead to early detection and treatment.

What Is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is cancer that begins in your colon or large bowel. Sometimes, colon cancer is referred to as colorectal cancer. This is because colon cancer and rectal cancer share many of the same features.

Colon cancer occurs when cells in your colon experience changes in their DNA. When this happens, cells can grow rapidly and out of control. In some cases, a tumor can grow.

Colon cancer cells can destroy nearby healthy tissues. They can also break away and spread to other organs and parts of the body.

How Common Is Colon Cancer in Men?

About 1 in 23 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer at some point in their life. In 2024, an estimated 54,210 men will be diagnosed with colon cancer.

When Should Men Start Getting Screened for Colon Cancer?

Many men can have their first colon cancer screening at the age of 45. Colon cancer screening is also known as a colonoscopy.

During this test, your doctor uses a long, thin tube with a video camera to view the inside of your colon. Then, your doctor collects a small sample of your tissue. Next, your tissue sample is sent to a lab where it is checked for colon cancer.

How Often Should Men Be Checked After The First Colonoscopy?

If you are in good health, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years after your first screening. After you turn 75, your doctor will determine whether you need more tests based on your health status. Colon cancer screening is no longer recommended after you turn 85.

If you meet risk factors for colon cancer, your doctor may recommend being screened more often. Risk factors for colon cancer include:

  • A personal history of colon cancer or polyps
  • A family history of colon cancer
  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • A possible hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome
  • Previous radiation treatment to the belly or pelvic area

Take Action: Raising Awareness for Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer screening is an important part of men’s health, especially if you meet the risk factors for colon cancer. If you have male friends and family over the age of 45, it may be a good idea to tell them about the importance of screening.

Here are some ways to take action and raise awareness about colonoscopies:

  • Share risk factors of colon cancer with others.
  • Tell your friends over the age of 45 to ask their doctors about colon cancer screening.
  • Share facts about colon cancer on social media.
  • Send e-cards to male friends and family to remind them about screening.
  • Participate in a fundraiser for colon cancer research.

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