Standards of Care

Standards of care are generally accepted treatment guidelines that are supported by sound scientific evidence.


Regular screenings in adults beginning at age 50 are one of the best ways to prevent colorectal cancer. Screenings can also help find polyps and other types of cancers early, when they are most easily treated.

Standard screening options

High quality care for the early detection of colorectal cancer should include one of the following age-appropriate colorectal cancer screening tests:

  • colonoscopy - examination of the bowel with a small camera – every 10 years
  • sigmoidoscopy - examination of the colon with a flexible lighted tube – every 5 years
  • fecal occult blood test - a lab test to detect blood in the stool – every year

Talk with your health care provider about which type of screening is a good option for you. Even if you don't have insurance or a regular care provider, there are many programs that can help. Explore and find resources to help you prevent and treat colon cancer.