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Who Should Get Screened?

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If you are a BC man or woman between the ages of 50 to 74, with no symptoms, you should get screened for colon cancer.

Men and women, ages 50-74

Men and women, ages 50-74 with a significant family history or a personal history of adenoma(s)

Colonoscopy is recommended every five years for people with at least one of the following:

  • One first-degree relative (mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son) with colon cancer diagnosed under the age of 60; or,
  • Two or more first-degree relatives with colon cancer diagnosed at any age; or,
  • A personal history of adenomas.

Who should not get screened?

Individuals with a personal history of colon cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease have individual needs that cannot be met with a population approach to screening. These patients should continue to obtain care through their specialist or primary care provider.

Talk to your health care provider about the screening regimen that is right for you.

SOURCE: Who Should Get Screened? ( )
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