Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, which is why early detection is so important for prevention. If you’re wondering when to make an appointment for your first colonoscopy, keep in mind that there are several factors involved.

Below are some guidelines that can help you decide when to have your first colonoscopy:

  • Family History: One of the main factors determining when you should get your first colonoscopy is your family history, as genetics play a role in the risk of colon cancer. If you have a family history of colon cancer, in a single first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) or in more than one first or second degree relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin) screening should start earlier than age 50. Discuss the specific recommendations in your case with your gastroenterologist.


  • Race: Your race can dictate whether or not you have a higher risk of colon cancer. If you’re African American, some guidelines recommend that colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45, as you are considered to have a greater risk (although the reasons for this are currently unknown).


  • Age: If you don’t meet any criteria that might categorize you at an increased risk for colon cancer, schedule your first colonoscopy at the standard age of 50.

If you’re ready to schedule your first colonoscopy you can count on the medical professionals at Dr. Russell O. Schub.  As a premier practice, we offer a wide range of top-quality services and treatments. Call (410) 730-1000 today to set up an appointment