How do the screening guidelines for colon cancer differ from one another?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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While all the guidelines recommend routine screening for colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps in asymptomatic adults starting at age 50, they differ with regard to frequency of screening and age at which to discontinue screening, as well as preferred screening method. For high-risk patients, the recommendations differ regarding the age at which to begin screening, as well as the frequency and method of screening.


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