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How often should people over 60 get screened for colon cancer?

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The main U.S. task force recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 until age 75. You may need to start at a younger age or get screen more often if you have factors that raise your chances for colon cancer. Screening can be done with:

  • Fecal occult blood testing (each year)
  • Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years) paired with fecal occult blood testing (every 3 years)
  • Colonoscopy (every 10 years)

From: Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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