Self-referral for colonoscopy is appropriate for:
- Age-appropriate colon cancer screening (age 50 or older)
- Personal history of colon polyps
- Polyp found on flexible sigmoidoscopy (limited scope focused on the left side of the colon)
- Positive stool card testing for occult blood (hemoccult)
- Family history of close relative (parent, sibling, or child) with colon cancer
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IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF COLORECTAL CANCER: Expert guidelines generally recommend colon cancer screening beginning at age 50 if your close relative was older than 60 years at time of colon cancer diagnosis. If your close relative was younger than 60 years at the time of colon cancer diagnosis, you should be screened for colon cancer screening at either age 40 or 10 years prior to your close relative’s diagnosis, whichever comes sooner. For example, if your mother was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 46, you should have your first colonoscopy at age 36; if she was diagnosed at age 53, you should have your first colonoscopy at age 40.