Are you age 50 or above?

Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these five screening options: African American men/women should begin at age 45.

  • Fecal occult blood test; all positive tests should be followed by a colonoscopy every 5 years
Every 5 Years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Double-contrast barium enema
Every 5-10 Years
  • Colonoscopy
People should begin screening earlier or have screening more often if they have any of the following colon cancer risk factors:
  • a strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, meaning a parent, sibling or child who developed cancer or polyps younger than age 60
  • families with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes
  • a personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • a personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease

Last Updated 11/18/2019