Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How often should I have a colonoscopy? (healthy 50 year old male)

  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you for your enquiry. 

    If you are 50 years of age or over and have no family history or personal signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, it is recommended you have a faecal occult blood test every one to two years.  This is a simple test you can perform in the privacy of your own home and can signicantly reduce your chances of dying from bowel cancer.

    Please see the BCA website about obtaining a screening kit.

    If you have a family history of bowel cancer or any personal history, then a colonoscopy should be performed regularly - as advised by your doctor.  Please see our website to see if any of the screening criteria applies to you.
    Kind regards

    Nurse Adviser
    Bowel Cancer Australia
    Level 2  65 Walker Street  North Sydney  NSW  2060
    Tel: 02 9923 8269 | Fax: 02 9923 8290 |

    Please note that the information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only.  It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question

Empowering Australians to make better health choices