Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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First Colonoscopy: When?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:51 AM

Question: I am a man in my 30s with a family history of colon cancer. My dad had it and so did an uncle. Do you think I am too young to have a colonoscopy? I’m not sure my insurance will cover it, considering my young age.
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
A first-degree relative (sibling, parent, child) who has had colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps (screening is considered medically necessary beginning at age 40 years, or 10 years younger than the earliest diagnosis in their family, whichever comes first). In your case 30 years is justified to undergo a colonoscopy now. It is a medical outpatient surgical procedure ordered by your doctor. If you are working, and come under insurance cover, try looking under outpatient surgery for your benefits. If you still have doubts, contact your HR department, benefit rep, or call the insurance company directly.

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A family history of colon cancer should prompt screening before 50.
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