Which tests are recommended to detect adenomatous polyps and cancer in colorectal cancer screening, and what is the recommended frequency?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Tests that detect adenomatous polyps and cancer, and their recommended frequency, include the following:

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years
  • Computed tomographic (CT) colonography every 5 years

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