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

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Howard Hack
Dr. Howard Hack
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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Herbert Hoover
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