What age should a person start getting a colonoscopy?

You should get your first colonscopy at age 50, says Ovunc Bardakcioglu, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains that colon cancer may develop between the ages of 50 and 60, which is why screening is vital.
Jon A. Horine, MD
Internal Medicine
Men and women should have a colonoscopy at age 50. African American men and women should have their first screening at age 45. Individuals with a history of a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) or a personal history of colorectal cancer should be screened using a different schedule. Consult with your physician to determine the best cancer screening schedule for you.
The American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend colon cancer screening with colonoscopy beginning at age 50. Screening should then be continued every 10 years if your exam is normal. Earlier screening may be indicated if you have a convincing family history of colon cancer.

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