Screening & Diagnostic Testing
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network
(NCCN) recommends that people with an average
risk begin colorectal screening at age 45. Further, the NCCN shows that if there is a family history of cancer or Lynch syndrome and/or a personal history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease, screening before the age of 45 may be recommended by your physician.
In September 2020, the American Cancer Society
(ACS) reported that in the United States , the incidence of colorectal cancer in people 65 and older is dropping, but approximately 12%, or 18,000 colorectal cancer cases diagnosed in 2020 will be in people under the age of 50. The ACS had changed their recommended for regular colorectal screening to start at age 45, back in May 2018. For people, who are in good health, with a life expectancy of more than 10 years, the ACS recommends that they continue regular colorectal cancer screening through the age of 75. After age 75, through age 85, consideration for screening should include a person’s preferences, life expectancy, overall health, and prior screening history.
It is important for you to check with your insurance provider to see which screenings are covered in your plan, as well as your costs and copays.
A complete physical exam and medical history should be done. The exam will check for any unusual physical signs. A complete medical history is also important to fully understand a person’s health habits, family history, previous illnesses, and past exposure. Additional testing may include: