Colon or colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, and it is 90 percent preventable with early proper screening. If you are 50 or older, the American Cancer Society recommends a screening.

To schedule your screening colonoscopy, contact our scheduling center at 801-213-9797.

Screening Guidelines

The colorectal cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society for early detection include the following.

Beginning at Age 50

Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of the examination schedules below:

  • Fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test every year
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
  • Double-contrast barium enema every five years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years

Individuals With Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

People with any of the following colorectal cancer risk factors should begin screening procedures at an earlier age and/or be screened more often:

  • Strong family history of colorectal cancer in a first-degree relative, especially in a parent or sibling before the age of 45 or in two first-degree relatives of any age
  • Family with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes, such as familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer

Check with your physician to discuss what screenings might be appropriate for you.

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