A Colonoscopy once every 10 years remains the gold standard for early detection of bowel cancer. “Early detection works,” says Michael LeFevre, M.D., chief medical information officer for the University of Missouri Health Care. “The transition from a normal colon to one with a large polyp is a slow process.” Finding polyps early saves lives.
Who Should get the test: Anyone over age 50—earlier if there’s a family history.
Cost: $2,000–$3,800; covered by insurance providers.