People ages 50 to 75 should have a fecal occult
blood test (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy.
People ages 76 to 85 should not be routinely screened for colorectal cancer. But there may be exceptions for some individuals.
People over age 85 should not be screened for colorectal cancer.
No recommendations are made about CT colonography (CTC, also called virtual colonoscopy) or the stool DNA test (sDNA).
The American Cancer Society (ACS), the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of
Radiology recommend routine testing for people age 50 and older
who have a normal risk for colon cancer. They also have recommendations for other tests, such as virtual colonoscopy (CTC) and the stool DNA test (sDNA).2
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Virtual colonoscopy uses computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to make a three-dimensional image of the interior lining of your large intestine. It may be used as a
test for people who do not have an increased risk for colon cancer or for
people who cannot have a colonoscopy. For people who have an increased risk for
colon cancer, regular colonoscopy may be better because it permits tissue
biopsies or polyp removal. Virtual colonoscopy is not widely available, and the
cost may not be covered by insurance.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 30, 2013
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