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Who Should Get Screened?

In general, anyone between the ages of 50-74 who is experiencing no symptoms, should get screened for colon cancer.

Colonoscopy is recommended every three or five years, depending on the type of adenoma removed at your last colonoscopy.
 
Colonoscopy is recommended every five years.

Significant family history means that you have:

  • 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.
  • Colonoscopy screening can start at whichever age is youngest between these two:
    • Age 40; or,
    • 10 years younger than the age of diagnosis of your youngest first-degree relative that was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Who should not get screened?

Screening is only recommended for people who are not experiencing symptoms that may indicate colon cancer. Symptoms can include blood in your stool, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, or unexplained weight loss. If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your health care provider about a referral for diagnostic testing to determine the cause of these symptoms.

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.

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