Colorectal Screening Options Starting at Age 45

3/1/2022

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death due to cancer in the United States. It isn’t all bad news, though. Did you know the American Cancer Society recently lowered the recommended age to start screening from 50 to 45? There are several tests to screen for colorectal cancer. Early detection can save lives.

If you’re between the ages of 45 and 75, talk with your doctor about which screening test is right for you and how often you should get a screening. TRICARE covers colorectal cancer screening with no out-of-pocket costs when you see a network provider.

TRICARE covers the following beginning at age 45:

  • At-home fecal occult blood test annually
  • Fecal immunochemical test once every year
  • At-home stool DNA test once every 1 to 3 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy once every 5 years
  • Computed tomographic colonography (virtual colonoscopy) once every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy once every 10 years

Visit the Covered Services section of the TRICARE website to learn more about colorectal cancer screenings and what’s covered. You can also review these colorectal cancer resources.

Last Updated 4/13/2022