Quite minimal screening tests can avoid colon cancer or rectal cancer. Screening tests look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear. Regular screening is recommended after age 45 for people who have a high risk of colorectal cancer and beginning at age 50 for everyone else.
Fewer than half of people who are older than 50 are screened for colorectal cancer. According to the American cancer society, if everyone were tested, tens of thousands of lives can be rescued every year.
The following procedure are for people who do not have an increased risk for colorectal cancer:
Colorectal screening guidelines and test frequency.
- Fecal occult blood test should be performed every year.
- Sigmoidoscopy should be performed in every 5 years.
- Barium enema should be executed in every 5 years.
- Colonoscopy in every 10-13 years.
You will need to begin routine screening earlier than crossing 50’s and have it more often if you have a higher risk for colorectal cancer.
Virtual colonoscopy also known as computed tomographic, colonography or CT colonography. It utilizes X-rays and a computer to take pictures of the inside of your colon. It may be used as a screening test for people who do not have an increased risk for colon cancer. For people who have increased risk, regular colonoscopy may be better because it allows your doctor to remove polyps and take tissue samples during the screening procedure.