When should I get a screening test for colorectal cancer?

Adults with average risk for colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 50. Those with higher risk should start at 40.

Colonoscopy is considered the “gold standard” screening for colon cancer and also enables physicians to remove any suspicious growths or tissue during the procedure. Colonoscopy is generally recommended every 10 years. Alternatively, physicians may recommend an annual fecal occult blood test and a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. 

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