Your Colon & Rectum

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 50

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 50

  • 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:

Resources: Dana-Farber and Cancer.gov