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Who should get screened for colorectal cancer?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Everyone, most >50

Most people are considered "average risk" for colorectal cancer, and should begin screening @ 50, typically with a colonoscopy.
Some people at increased risk, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer. These people may need screening at a younger age-generally 10 yrs earlier than the age when their relative got colon cancer. Talk w/ your doctor.

In brief: Everyone, most >50

Most people are considered "average risk" for colorectal cancer, and should begin screening @ 50, typically with a colonoscopy.
Some people at increased risk, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer. These people may need screening at a younger age-generally 10 yrs earlier than the age when their relative got colon cancer. Talk w/ your doctor.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Joshua Katz
Surgery - Colorectal
6 doctors agree

In brief: Colorectal Cancer

Otherwise healthy individuals should have a screening colonoscopy at age 50.
Findings dictate subsequent followup. Individuals with a first degree relative with colon cancer should have their screening colonoscopy 10 years before the age of onset of the cancer in the relative who had cancer. Anyone with unexplained change in bowel habits, or rectal bleeding should consider colonoscopy.

In brief: Colorectal Cancer

Otherwise healthy individuals should have a screening colonoscopy at age 50.
Findings dictate subsequent followup. Individuals with a first degree relative with colon cancer should have their screening colonoscopy 10 years before the age of onset of the cancer in the relative who had cancer. Anyone with unexplained change in bowel habits, or rectal bleeding should consider colonoscopy.
Dr. Joshua Katz
Dr. Joshua Katz
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Dr. Robert Cloud
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Screening

Everyone starting at age 50.
Those with famiky history of colon cancer or polyps should start at age 40

In brief: Screening

Everyone starting at age 50.
Those with famiky history of colon cancer or polyps should start at age 40
Dr. Robert Cloud
Dr. Robert Cloud
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Every 50y/o in USA

Colon ca is the third most common (non-skin) cancer in the US.
Screening may detect cancers well before they cause symptoms and lead to better outcomes. It is recommended to begin screening at age 50, unless one has a strong family history, in which case it should begin a decade earlier.

In brief: Every 50y/o in USA

Colon ca is the third most common (non-skin) cancer in the US.
Screening may detect cancers well before they cause symptoms and lead to better outcomes. It is recommended to begin screening at age 50, unless one has a strong family history, in which case it should begin a decade earlier.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Wesley Marquart
If you are 50, call your doctor to arrange your colonoscopy. You will be glad you did.
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