Beginning at age 45, have one of the following tests:
Tests that find polyps and cancer:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years*
- Colonoscopy every 10 years
- Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years*
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years*
Tests that mainly find cancer:
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year*
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
- Stool DNA test (sDNA), how often uncertain*
*Colonoscopy should be done if test results are positive
Talk with your doctor about your personal risk for colorectal cancer, because people who are at a higher risk may to start testing at an earlier age.
You may qualify for low dose CT lung screening if you meet the following criteria:
- Men and women age 55-74 who are current smokers and have smoked a pack or more of cigarettes for 30 years or more.
- Former smokers ages 55-74 who have quit within the last 15 years and
- Smoking history of at least 30 "pack years." The American Cancer Society defines 30 pack years as: one pack per day for 30 years, or two packs per day for 15 years, three packs per day for 10 years.
- Ages 50 to 80 in good health, have at least a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or quit within the last 15 years be considered for an annual low-dose CT chest scan.
- If you are at high risk, please call your Primary Care Doctor