Both men and women should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50 and continuing until age 75. The appropriate method for screening is individualized and will be discussed with your physician.
If you are at increased or high risk of colon cancer, the recommendation is to begin screenings before age 50 and should be discussed with your physician. The following conditions make your risk higher than average:
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
- A personal history of Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease
- A strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
Talk to your doctor about scheduling your colonoscopy.