Offer Your Patients a Colorectal Cancer
Screening Test They May Actually Use

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Diagnostic Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer beginning screening at age 50.

Recommended as one of several possible screening tests for the early detection of colorectal cancer, a take-home, multiple-sample fecal immunochemical test (FIT) should be used once a year to screen for colorectal cancer.1,2

Physicians should talk to their patients about starting colorectal cancer screening earlier and/or being screened more often if they have any of the following colorectal cancer risk factors:

  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps 
  • Personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis) 
  • Strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps (cancer or polyps in a first-degree relative [parent, sibling, or child] younger than 60 or in 2 or more first-degree relatives of any age)
  • Known family history of hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)

For more information please view the American College of Gastroenterology Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening.


  1. Smith RA, Cokkinides V, Brooks D, Saslow D, Brawley OW. Cancer screening in the United States, 2010: a review of current American Cancer Society guidelines and issues in cancer screening. CA Cancer J Clin. 2010 Mar-Apr;60(2):99-119.
  2. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 4; 149 (9): 627-637.