When should you start screenings for colon cancer?

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When should you be screened for colon cancer? 

According to the United States Preventative Services Task Force, colorectal cancer screenings should start at age 50 and continue until age 75, if you are at an average risk and don't have any symptoms. 

If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or advanced polyps in an immediate relative under the age of 60, or two immediate relatives at any age who fit one of those criteria, you should start getting screened 10 years before the age in which your first family member was diagnosed or 40 years of age — whichever comes first. 

That's a lot to remember, but I am certain your doctor knows these rules by heart. 

If you have any questions, please call your physician, but the bottom line is colorectal cancer screening should start at the age of 50.