Question & Answer Do I Need a Colonoscopy?
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
- 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.