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If I have a parent who had colon cancer, what tests do I need to do and when?

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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: A Colonoscopy

It would be a good idea to do a colonoscopy at the age 10 years younger than when your parent was diagnosed.
If you parent was diagnosed over the age of 60 you should start at the age of 50.

In brief: A Colonoscopy

It would be a good idea to do a colonoscopy at the age 10 years younger than when your parent was diagnosed.
If you parent was diagnosed over the age of 60 you should start at the age of 50.
Dr. David Masiello
Dr. David Masiello
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the best screening test for colon cancer.
You should start getting them when your age is 10 yrs less than the age when your parent got diagnosed with cancer.

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the best screening test for colon cancer.
You should start getting them when your age is 10 yrs less than the age when your parent got diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy and removal of polyps is the best way to avoid colon cancer.
Usually first colonoscopy is recommended at age 50, however in a person with strong family history screening at an earlier age would be appropriate. You should consult your doctor for a fuller discussion and evaluation.

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy and removal of polyps is the best way to avoid colon cancer.
Usually first colonoscopy is recommended at age 50, however in a person with strong family history screening at an earlier age would be appropriate. You should consult your doctor for a fuller discussion and evaluation.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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