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How often should you have a colonoscopy?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: It depends on indica

If it is for screening for colon cancer, then once every 10 years is considered adequate but it can be done more often if there is an abnormality that requires close monitoring.

In brief: It depends on indica

If it is for screening for colon cancer, then once every 10 years is considered adequate but it can be done more often if there is an abnormality that requires close monitoring.
Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Depends

If you are over 50 and have no prior hx or family history of colon polyps or cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, the current recommendations are once every 10 years.
If any of the above are positive it should be more often, at least every 5 years and maybe more often depending on your specific risk factors. Abdominal pain, in of itself, is not an indication for colonoscopy in my opinion.

In brief: Depends

If you are over 50 and have no prior hx or family history of colon polyps or cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, the current recommendations are once every 10 years.
If any of the above are positive it should be more often, at least every 5 years and maybe more often depending on your specific risk factors. Abdominal pain, in of itself, is not an indication for colonoscopy in my opinion.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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