Which colonoscopy procedures should you get regularly?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 02/08/2012.
If you don't have a genetic history for cancer, which procedures do you need to get? I've read about endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and virtual colonoscopy, They say that you need to get each one at different time periods. Is this true?

Doctors Answers (2)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 2/10/2012

If you are at increased risk such as a strong family history, a colonoscopy is indicated. This should be performed every 3-5 years based on what is found.

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 2/9/2012 7

That is not true. Colonoscopy is the only test you need for screening of colorectal cancer. You can use the other procedures that you listed as alternatives, but none are as good and not considered gold standard.