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Colon Cancer

What Doctors Know: Do you know your personal colorectal cancer risk?

What is your risk of having colorectal cancer? If you are approaching or have passed your 50th birthday, your doctor probably has advised you to have colorectal cancer screening to determine that. And that's the problem.

Since the late 20th century, this one-size-fits-all advice has been standard because there has been no other reliable way of predicting a specific individual's risk of developing this deadly disease. That's why our team at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute invented an online calculator to help physicians decide when patients truly need colorectal screenings.

The CRC-PRO,...