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

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.
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. .
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.

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My grandfather died of colorectal cancer at age 72, I´ve read the average age of screening is at 50, but should I get screened earlier? (22 yrs old)

Consider. no need to worry. I would consider starting in your 40's. Read more...
Yes ACS Guidelines. The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines place you in the increased risk category for colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps if you have any first-degree relative aged 60 or older with either condition. They recommend a colonoscopy starting at age 40. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
See oncologist. Don't waste time. In many ocassion it can be cured, even if metastised to liver. Let oncologist and surgeon help, you'll be amazed in many ocassions. Let the expert tell you, and help. Read more...

What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and. Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. Read more...
Screening tests. Colonoscopy is the goal standard for screening for colorectal cancer. People without family history and age 50 or over should be screened. If there is a family history, you start at age 40. Read more...

What are available colorectal cancer screening tests?

'scopes, X-rays, etc. A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening. Read more...

What are available screening tests for colorectal cancer?

'scopes, X-rays, etc. A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening. Read more...
Several. Screening tests for colorectal cancer range from testing the stool for blood, barium enema, or ct colonography. However, the gold standard test is colonoscopy which should be done in everyone at age 50 or earlier if there are symptoms or a strong family history. Read more...

How do gyn doctors screen for colorectal cancer?

Exam. Gyn docs screen for colo-rectal cancer the same as any other doc. Rectal exam checking for lesions, screening for blood in the GI tract, and referring high-risk patients for colonoscopy when indicated. We also follow the same guidelines for referring patients for routine screening based on risk factors or age. I hope that answers your question. Read more...

What methods are used to screen a person for colorectal cancer?

'scopes, X-rays, etc. A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening in general, colonoscopy is considered the "gold standard". Read more...
History. Get personal and family history of colon cancer. Ask if history of colitis, familial polyposis, ibs, lunch syndrome, rectal bleeding, obesity, age over 44yo, rectal mass., un explained anemia needs to be evaluated. Colonoscopy is by far the best way to screen for colon cancer. . Read more...