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08/08/14

African-Americans get their first colonoscopy at age 45, while the rest of the population remains with the 50-year benchmark

Q: I heard on the radio something about men and women needing to get their first colonoscopy when they turn 45 years of age rather than fifty. What’s that all about?

A: You likely didn’t catch the whole story. It’s now recommended that African-Americans get their first colonoscopy at age 45, while the rest of the population remains with the 50-year benchmark. Once both groups have graduated from their first screening, they’re to come back every ten years.

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