Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in United States. However, this can be completely prevented. With a simple screening test, colon cancer does not have to be a killer of thousands of people every year.
Screening for colon cancer can be easy and done in 30 minutes.
The best screening test is a colonoscopy. When somebody hears the term “colonoscopy” they usually have misconceptions and become fearful. Many times I hear, “well that’s an exit only, Doc!” Aside from all the jokes however, this simple test can actually save your life.
So who should be screened for colonoscopy? If you’re over 50 you should have a colonoscopy. If you’re African-American you should start your testing at age 45. Also if you have diseases like Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, you may have to start your screening colonoscopies earlier. Ask your doctor if you have a family history of colon cancer or have any genetic problems that could increase the risk of colon cancer.
So remember to make the decision to save lives. If you, a family member or loved one is over 50 or is at increased risk for colon cancer, talk to your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy. We can literally eradicate colon cancer with proper screenings.
Know the Facts
Colon cancer screening saves lives!
- Colonoscopy is the best screening test for detecting colon cancer.
- Everyone over 50 should be screened today.
- If you have close relatives with colon cancer, you should start earlier. Check with your doctor.
- If you have Inflammatory bowel disease, you should be screened earlier.
- If you have a genetic condition that increases your chance of colon cancer, screening should be done earlier.
- Polyps are precancerous growths that can be taken out with a colonoscopy, preventing them from going on to become cancerous.
- Most insurances cover colon cancer screenings, often without a deductible or extra cost to you!