Colon Screening Time, Oh Joy

As Mike Bice had asked, here are the basic colonoscopy recommendations for average risk (int./high risk, see your GI Doc) people. Coronado High School Class of 1985 (and other high schools), NAPS class of 1986 and some of our USNA class of 1990, it is time.

“Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.1 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.1

People at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at a younger age, and may need to be tested more frequently. The decision to be screened after age 75 should be made on an individual basis.”

The American College of Gastroenterology (GI) wants you to get scoped.  Hey, once every 10 years vs. colon cancer. Worth the day of discomfort.

Table 3. CRC screening recommendations
Preferred CRC screening recommendations
  • Cancer prevention tests should be offered first. The preferred CRC prevention test is colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. (Grade 1 B) Screening should begin at age 45 years in African Americans (Grade 2 C)
  • Cancer detection test. This test should be offered to patients who decline colonoscopy or another cancer prevention test. The preferred cancer detection test is annual FIT for blood (Grade 1 B)

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