Yet, over one-quarter of people who should be screened for it are not getting screened.
It is recommended that all adults between the ages of 50 and 75 receive colon cancer screening.
Certain people may need to start earlier, including African-Americans, people with inflammatory bowel disease, a family history of colon cancer, or a personal history of genetic diseases that predispose to colon cancer.
Related Content: March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
There are a number of ways to get screened, and colonoscopy is just one. Other ways involve giving a stool sample or undergoing special non-invasive imaging.
So, as you approach your late 40s, make sure to speak with your doctor during your annual exam to find out when and how you should be screened.
Screening may not sound enjoyable, but it may just save your life.