Colorectal Cancer Screening

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If you are 50-75 years old: Consider Fecal Occult blood testing every year; You can also use Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.

If you are 76 – 85: Do not Screen routinely; Talk to your doctor if you have risk factors.

Older than 85: Do not Screen.

Digital Rectal Examination is not a screening method. I have patients who asked me for digital rectal exams for colorectal cancer screening. As you can guess, I declined.

Colonoscopy: Every 10 years starting at age 50 years of age. CT colonography every 5 years

Do not repeat Colorectal Cancer Screening for 10 years that does not detect cancer. 

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