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The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.

Screening Guidelines

There are no current guidelines for screening for inflammatory bowel disease.

People with ulcerative colitis are at a higher risk of colon cancer. Risk increases with the length of time of disease. If you have ulcerative colitis, your doctor will schedule regular colonoscopies to check for precancerous lesions and changes in the colon.


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Ulcerative colitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated August 21, 2015. Accessed October 1, 2015.

Ulcerative colitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: Updated December 2012. Accessed October 1, 2015.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Daus Mahnke, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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