Who should take the test? - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Who should take the test?

The risk of developing colorectal cancer begins to increase after the age of 40 and rises sharply over the age of 50. All persons who do not have a history of colorectal cancer, a previous history of colon cancer, or any other malignancy, and who have no symptoms should take the test. All persons in high-risk categories for colorectal cancer should make an appointment with their physician for a colonoscopy. These include:

  • Those who have had benign intestinal polyps
  • Women who have had breast cancer or reproductive tract cancer
  • Those who have had benign intestinal polyps
  • Those with a parent, sister or brother who have had colorectal cancer

NOTE: Persons with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. However, different screening methods should be used.

Powered by Frankly