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What is the ICD-9-CM code for screening for malignant neoplasm of the colon?

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As of January, 2015, the ICD-9-CM code for screening for malignant neoplasm of the colon is "V76.51." That code changes to "Z12.11" on October 1, 2015, as the United States transitions to the ICD-10-CM system.

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The process of conducting a colonoscopy to identify potentially malignant tumors, excluding the rectal area, is covered under code V76.51.

In patients where malignant neoplasm is detected in the colon, the next step is consultation with an oncologist for testing and treatment. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States behind lung cancer, states WebMD.

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults over the age of 50 receive a colonoscopy every 10 years.

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