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A 38-year-old member asked:

How should you decide which colorectal cancer screening test(s) to get and how often to be screened?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Colonoscopy: Average risk people should have colonoscopies every 10 years starting at 50 until 70-75. This may be tempered by medical resources or a persons medical history.
Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice 51 years experience
Colonoscopy is best: The best screening study is a complete colonoscopy to the cecum (entire colon and rectum). With no family history of colorectal cancer, a screening study should be done at age 50 and repeated every 5 to 10 years if no polyps are found on the exam. Between colonoscopies, a fecal occult blood study should be done yearly. New tests are being developed that test for cancer cells in the stool.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Personal preference: While most people get a colonoscopy, there are several tests that work well to find or prevent colon cancer. These include testing the stool for hidden blood and a new test for cancer cells in the stool. All of these save lives from colon cancer equally well. For more info on what works to save lives from cancer and other diseases, check out the Prevention Checklist iPhone/iPad app.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What should I do if a colorectal cancer screening test shows an abnormality?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Follow-up: It is impossible to make a specific recommendation without knowing what test was performed and it's specific finding. Nevertheless, I am 100% certain that the physician that ordered/performed the screening test has a follow-up plan designed for you. In general, if an abnormality is found by x-ray or occult blood testing, a formal colonoscopy is recommended.

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