People who are average risk (no personal history of adenomas or significant family history of colon cancer) and younger than 50 are not currently recommended for colon screening.
BC Cancer’s colon screening recommendations are based on the guidelines of the BC Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC), a partnership between Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. The committee reviews available research and information to ensure BC’s guidelines reflects the best evidence related to population-based colon cancer screening.
Screening is intended for people who are not experiencing any symptoms. Anyone, regardless of age, who is experiencing a change in their colon health, including: blood in their stool, change in their bowel habits, or unexplained weight loss, should speak to their health care provider right away.