What are the American College of Physicians guidelines for colon cancer screening?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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In 2015, the American College of Physicians recommended that average-risk adults aged 50 to 75 years should be screened for colorectal cancer by one of the following strategies [154] :

  • Annual high-sensitivity FOBT or FIT
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • High-sensitivity FOBT or FIT every 3 years plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

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