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COLONOSCOPY GUIDELINES

Age for initial screening:
  • Age 50
    Individuals with no family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  • Age 45
    African Americans with no known risk factors.
  • Age 40 or Younger
    Individuals with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer before age 60 or individuals with two firstdegree relatives diagnosed at any age should be screened at age 40 or 10 years before the youngest relative's diagnosis —whichever comes first. Women diagnosed with breast, uterine or ovarian cancer should talk with their doctor about having a screening colonoscopy at the time of their diagnosis.
  • Follow-up Colonoscopy Interval until the next colonoscopy depends on findings of initial colonoscopy and preexisting risk factors of patient.
  • To learn more about colorectal cancer surgery, visit Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group – Colorectal Surgery

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