Why It Is Done
- Check for colorectal cancer or polyps.
- This test is recommended by the American
Cancer Society (ACS), the American College of Gastroenterologists (ACG), the
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and the U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force (USPSTF).
- These groups recommend routine
testing for people age 50 and older who have a normal risk for colorectal
- Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you have a higher risk of colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should be tested.
- Check for the cause of blood in the stool or
- Check for the cause of dark or black
- Check for the cause of chronic diarrhea.
for the cause of
iron deficiency anemia.
- Check for the
cause of sudden, unexplained weight loss.
- Check the colon after
abnormal results from a CT scan, MRI, virtual colonoscopy, stool test, or barium enema.
- Watch or treat
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
for the cause of long-term, unexplained belly pain.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
December 7, 2011
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