Colorectal Screening is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States with 90% of cases occurring after age 50 with a 4.5% of women chance of individuals over their lifetime developing colorectal cancer.1 Current guidelines emphasize routine screening beginning at age 45.2
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends colorectal cancer screening3 for:
- Women age 50 and above
- Colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps in first degree relative <60 years or in two or more first-degree relatives of any ages
- Family history of familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer
- History of colorectal cancer, adenomatous polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease
Testing methods include the following:4
- Colonoscopy every 10 years is preferred
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
- Double contract barium enema test every 5 years
- Computed tomography every 5 years
- Fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test
For more information, please download the following brochures:
LabCorp offers a wide range of colorectal screening options.
- American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2014.
- American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-st.... Accessed June 5, 2018.
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Well Women Recommendations. High-Risk Factors. Available at: https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/ACOG-Departments/Annual-Womens-Health-Ca....
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Annual Women’s Health Care. For Patients. Available at: https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/ACOG-Departments/Annual-Womens-Health-Ca....