Screening for Colorectal Cancer
- Does not require the introduction of firm tubes (as do endoscopy and barium enema)
- No risk of possible injury to the bowel
- Sedation is not needed, recovery time is shorter
- Transportation to and from the procedure is not needed
- Annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
- Annual FOBT plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
- Barium enema every 5 to 10 years
- Colonoscopy every 10 years
- Begin screening at age 40
- Preferred screening: Colonoscopy every 10 years or more frequently, depending on the colonoscopy findings
- Begin screening at age 40 or 10 years younger than age of diagnosis of the affected relative (whichever is first)
- Preferred screening: Colonoscopy every 3 to 5 years
American College of Gastroenterology website. Available at: http://www.acg.gi.org/ .
US Preventative Task Force. Screening for colorectal cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:627-637. Epub 2008 Oct 6.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -
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