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Colonoscopy Screening: Age & Qualifications

Colonoscopy Screening: Age & Qualifications

December 28, 2021
Ray Scott Daugherty, MD
Ray Scott Daugherty, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

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So recently the American Cancer Society actually dropped the age for screening colonoscopies from 50 to 45. So we now recommend that all patients have some sort of screening, especially a colonoscopy, by the age of 45. Now that would change if you have a family history of colon or rectal cancer, especially in a primary family member. At that point, we would recommend a colonoscopy 10 years prior to their diagnosis of cancer. So say you had a father that was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 50, we would recommend that you have a colonoscopy at the age of 40.