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How often should I have a colonoscopy with ulcerative colitis?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on Dec 3, 2021.

Official answer


If you have ulcerative colitis (UC), and you have had it for at least 8 years, then you should have a colonoscopy every 1 to 2 years. This is because people with UC have an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

  • The Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Patients. Crohns and Colitis Foundation. 2021.

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