If you are between the ages of 50-74, with no symptoms
, you should get screened for colon cancer.
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.
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.