Men & women age 45 and older who have an average risk of colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society defines average risk as no family history of colorectal cancer and no personal history of colon polyps, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or hereditary conditions that may increase your risk (such as Lynch syndrome).
African Americans age 45 and older. Because colorectal cancer affects African Americans more than any other ethnic group, screening is especially important.
Anyone with a personal or family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer or certain health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease or Lynch syndrome. Some people should be screened before age 45. Talk to your doctor if you have certain conditions that may increase your risk.