According to the American Cancer Society and other national organizations, most people should get their first colonoscopy at age 50. If you are under 50, check with your doctor to see if you fall into a high-risk category and require screening sooner. High risk individuals have a personal or family history of colon cancer and/or certain genetic disorders.
Cancer Screening Recommendations
If you're at normal risk for colon cancer and have not developed symptoms, your next colonoscopy after 50 should be 5-10 years later. Colonoscopy tests are performed for many reasons in addition to cancer screening
The Brooklyn Hospital Center participates in the New York State Department of Health Navigator Program Network, designed to save lives by making cancer screening an easier process. To learn about your colonoscopy screening options, please contact Ed Montejo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 250-8411.
Conditions and Diseases
- abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or weight loss
- abnormal changes (such as polyps) found on sigmoidoscopy or x-ray tests (CT scan or barium enema)
- anemia due to low iron (usually when no other cause has been found)
- blood in the stool, or black, tarry stools
- follow-up of a past finding, such as polyps or colon cancer
- inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
- screening for colorectal cancer