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Which colon cancer screening test is used?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Many options: The gold standard is colonoscopy, which is performed under sedation. Other alternatives include barium enema, ct colonography ("virtual colonoscopy"), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and/or checking for blood in bowel movements (hemoccult test). I recommend colonoscopy for all my patients at age 50 (or earlier, if they have a family history).
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Several: Occult blood in stool and colonoscopy most commonly.

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What is the most recommended colon cancer screening test?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopies are the mainstay for colon cancer screening. These should start at 50 for average risk people. The subsequent exams are 10 years apart with no polyps and no other colon cancer risk factors.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Who needs to have a colon cancer screening?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Begin at 50.: Due to the high prevalence of colon cancer in the US, screening is advised for everyone beginning at age 50; if one has a strong family history of colon cancer, screening should begin 10 years earlier. A number of different tests are available for screening: consult with your primary care physician to decide which is best for you.

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