A complete medical history and physical exam will help your doctor find the cause of your symptoms. It will also help decide whether you need more tests.
The results of the medical history and physical exam may mean that a person needs to begin routine testing for colorectal cancer earlier than age 50 and have it more often. Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you:
Already have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with an adenomatous polyp or colorectal cancer.
Have had adenomatous polyps removed from your colon. This type of polyp is more likely to turn into cancer, though the risk is still very low.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD – General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery