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Age To Start 
Your Colon Cancer Checs


There is no personal self-chec for colon cancer except if your health professional asks you to do a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) at home. That’s why you need to make an appointment with your health professional to have the following age-appropriate screenings.

Before age 45

if you are black or have a family history of colon cancer ask your health professional about starting your colon cancer checs sooner than the following guidelines. If you have no family history, follow these guidelines:

Beginning at age 45

  • Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) should be done each year. Even if you cannot see it yourself, this test can detect blood in your stool that may be a symptom of colon cancer.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy should be done every 5 years.
  • Colonoscopy should be done every 10 years.

You may also want to discuss two new screening tests with your health professional:

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