Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. Screening helps find polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so they can be removed before they turn into colorectal cancer.  Colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps don’t always cause symptoms. You can look healthy and feel fine and not know there may be a problem.
For UTMB employees, UT SELECT Medical offers robust preventive care benefits, including 100% coverage for preventive colonoscopy/screening colonoscopy.
If you are aged 50 or older, or think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor soon about getting screened. Get more information and learn about risk factors at UTMB Health.