What are high-risk factors that indicate screening for colon cancer at an earlier age?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Screening for colorectal cancer should start at an earlier age and be more frequent and more stringent for individuals who carry an increased or high risk of developing colorectal cancer, such as persons with any of the following:

  • Prior history of polyps

  • Prior history of colorectal cancer

  • Family history of colon cancer

  • History of inflammatory bowel diseases


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