Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Colon Cancer Screening Age

45 is the new 50! The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening to begin at age 45, rather than 50. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd cause of cancer and the 2nd most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. But the good news is that this form of cancer is largely preventable with screening. If you are 45 or have a family history of CRC, see your doctor and get screened!

Colorectal Cancer Screening Graphic

Colonoscopy Prep Instructions

Available in English and en Español

In order for your physician to perform the best screening possible, following your preparation instructions is critical.

Make an Appointment

Existing patients: Please call your doctor's office. Or, request an appointment online at

New patients: Please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-UCLA-MD1 or 310-825-2631.

FIT Kit Instructions

If you received your FIT kit from UCLA Health, we offer written and video instruction on how to complete this at-home screening test.

FIT Kit Illustration
Brian Coyne and his wife, Mandy, shared his cancer diagnosis right away with their two young sons. "“I told them the same day,” Coyne said. “That’s how sure the doctor was about it.” (Photo courtesy of Brian Coyne)

Our Stories

Meet some of our amazing patients who advocate for change by sharing their stories of overcoming their fear of screening and breaking the stigmas associated with testing.

Lifelong Dodgers fan turns unforgettable double play

The 53-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, a lifelong Dodgers fan who began attending games with her father when she was a child, was delighted to share her story and promote the importance of screening at a preseason Dodgers-Angels game where she toured the stadium with her family and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Angie was subsequently also honored at one of the first official games of the 2023 season. “Since African-Americans are particularly at risk for colorectal cancer, getting the message out that screening saves lives is especially important,” said Jones. “I’m living proof of that.”