Do I need a Colonoscopy?

Question & Answer Do I Need a Colonoscopy?

A Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50, however recent guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend the average person get screened at age 45.

People with additional risk factors should consider early screening. Risk factors include:

  • Being Overweight or Obese
  • Sedentary or Inactive Lifestyle
  • Poor Diet / Diet high in Red Meat
  • Smoking
  • Heavy Alcohol Use
  • Other non-controllable factors like age, personal history, and family history

If a colonoscopy doesn’t find adenomas or cancer and you don’t have risk factors, the next test should be in ten years. If one or two small, low-risk adenomas are removed, the exam should be repeated in five to ten years.

Ask your healthcare provider when and how often to have a colonoscopy if you have inflammatory bowel disease; a history of multiple, large, or high-risk adenomas; or a parent, sibling, or child who had colorectal cancer or adenomas. Routine checks usually aren’t needed after age 75.

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