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Colonoscopy New Guidelines

Colonoscopy New Guidelines

December 29, 2021
Asma Khapra, MD
Asma Khapra, MD

Gastroenterology

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Preventative screening guidelines in the United States are constantly changing and evolving. The US has traditionally recommended colon cancer screening to start at the age of 50 for average risk adults and 45 for African-Americans. However, the United States Preventative Services Task Force, along with a number of other societies, have now recommended colon cancer screening start at the age of 45 for all average risk adults. Now, bear in mind, there are folks who have higher risks for colon cancer, and this includes those that have a family history of colon cancer, or may carry a genetic mutation which may lead to higher rates of colon cancer. And those folks may have to start earlier. We know that colon cancer screening saves lives. So it’s important to start screening at the appropriate time. If you are not sure if you’re higher risk, you should contact your doctor or see a gastroenterologist. Most colonoscopies for screening purposes actually are covered by most insurances, but again, you will have to check with your insurance provider to be certain.