When to Get a Colonoscopy
|what your colon looks like with a good prep|
Here are the guidelines as recommended by the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer:
- No polyps - repeat in 10 years
- Small (< 10mm) hyperplastic polyp in rectum or sigmoid - repeat in 10 years
- 1-2 Small (< 10mm) tubular adenomas - repeat in 5-10 years
- 3-10 tubular adenomas - repeat in 3 years
- > 10 adenomas - repeat in less than 3 years
- Any adenoma > 10mm - repeat in 3 years
- Any adenoma with villous elements (villous or tubulovillous) or with high-grade dysplasia - repeat in 3 years.
- Any sessile or serrated adenoma - repeat in 3 years
- Serrated polyposis syndrome - repeat in 1 year
In medicine, it is just as important to prevent overuse as it is to make sure everyone gets the right screening at the right time. If you are lucky enough to have a good primary care physician, she will make sure you are tested at the right time. But more and more people are trying to manage their own health without expert help and knowing your pathology report and following these guidelines will help you with timing.