Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline

Cancer screening exams for colon cancer and rectal cancer find cancer at an early stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
Along with regular exams, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your body. That way you’ll notice changes, like bleeding or unusual bowel movements. Then, report them to your doctor without delay.
The screening recommendations below apply to most adults.

Age 50 or older

Follow ONE of the screening options below:

Colonoscopy every 10 years.

Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every year. This take-home test finds hidden blood in the stool. This may be a sign of cancer.

Sigmoidoscopy every 5 year

Exams for adults at increased or high risk
Adults at increased or high risk are more likely to get colorectal cancer.This doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get cancer. But, you may need to start screening at an earlier age, get additional tests or be tested more often.

You’re at increased or high risk if you fall under one or more of these groups: