Are you age 50 or above?
Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these five screening options: African American men/women should begin at age 45.
Every 5 Years
- Fecal occult blood test; all positive tests should be followed by a colonoscopy every 5 years
Every 5-10 Years
People should begin screening earlier or have screening more often if they have any of the following colon cancer risk factors:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Double-contrast barium enema
- a strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, meaning a parent, sibling or child who developed cancer or polyps younger than age 60
- families with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes
- a personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- a personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease
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