Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

What are the screening recommendations for colon cancer?

Dr. Kenneth Reed discusses screening recommendations for colon cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the screening recommendations for colon cancer?

The screening recommendations for colon cancer are anyone that's 50 years of age and does not have a family history of colon cancer should have a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colon cancer, then it is colonoscopy ten years before your family member had developed colon cancer, or at age 40: whichever one comes first.


Generally, it’s recommended that you be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You should have repeat screenings at regular intervals decided on by you and your doctor. Usually, screenings are repeated every 10 years.

Depending on your family and personal history, you might need to start being screened before you turn 50.

Getting tested earlier – even as early as age 40 – can depend on if you:

  • Have had or a close relative has had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Have an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Have a genetic syndrome, such as familial adenomatous polyposis or Lynch syndrome

For more information about screening recommendations for colon cancer, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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