Who Should Be Screened and When
- All men and women should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, if not earlier.
- People with personal or family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or are experiencing symptoms are considered "high risk" and should begin screening before age 50. Please discuss with your healthcare professional.
- The frequency of screening depends on the method. See individual screening methods pages for information on screening intervals.
- African Americans should begin screening at the age of 45.
When choosing a screening method, remember that each test has its advantages and disadvantages. We encourage you to educate yourself on the effectiveness, costs, and risks in order to select the best method for you.