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Did you know that your risk of getting colorectal cancer increases as you get older?
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States. There is an estimate of 106,180 new cases of colorectal cancer expected this year.
You become at risk beginning at the age of 45 up to 75. Risk factors include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, a family history of colorectal cancer, and genetic syndromes like Lynch syndrome.
Other risks are based on your lifestyle, such as lack of exercise, alcohol consumption, obesity, a diet low in fiber, fruit, and vegetables, or a diet high in fats and processed meats. Exercising regularly and keeping a healthy weight may lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer.
The best way to reduce your risk of contracting the disease is by getting screened for it. There are several ways you can do so. We recommend consulting with your doctor to see which test screening is best for you and schedule an examination. If you think you are at a higher risk of having colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor. Ask when you should begin screening, which test is right for you, and how often you should get tested.
USFHP's TRICARE Prime plan offers benefits that support colorectal cancer screenings.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.