Colorectal Cancer Screening

Did you know that colorectal cancer is:

  • The third most common cancer among men and women?
  • The second most common cause of death from cancer?
  • One of the most preventable cancers?

Who needs to be screened for colon cancer?


  • The average adult should begin screenings at age 50 unless you have a family history, inflammatory bowel disease or genetic disorder. In May 2018, the American Cancer Society recommended that everyone should begin screenings at age 45; however, most insurance companies are not covering screening tests at this age yet, since the recommendation is new.
  • African Americans should begin screening at age 45.
  • If you have a first-degree family member (mother, father, sister or brother) who was diagnosed at age 60 or younger, you should have your first colonoscopy 10 years prior to when they were diagnosed, or at age 40—whichever happens first.

Colorectal cancer screening tests

Your primary care physician can order multiple options for screening tests.

  • Hemoccult or FIT stool tests detect microscopic blood (performed once per year).
  • Cologuard® stool tests detect DNA shed from polyps and cancers (performed every three years).
  • Virtual colonoscopy (performed every five years).
  • Sigmoidoscopy (performed every five years).

Colorectal cancer prevention

The best option for screening and prevention is to have a colonoscopy performed by a gastroenterologist or surgeon every 10 years!

Ask your Women’s Care Florida provider about colorectal cancer screening or contact Women’s Care Florida gastroenterologist, Dr. Donna Powell, at 813-392-1900.