Colon Cancer Screening Tests
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
I am at high risk for colon cancer because my mother had colon cancer at age 37, my maternal great aunt had colon cancer, and my father's mother died of colon cancer. My question is if someone is at high risk and has had a normal colonoscopy, how often after that should he or she considers having another colonoscopy?
Li Liu, MD, OncoLink Editorial Assistant, responds:
Thank you for your interest and question.
According to the American Cancer Society and the American Gastroenterological Association colorectal cancer screening guidelines, men and women over age of 50 not in a high-risk group (see below) should use the following guidelines:
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