If you ask people about getting their colonoscopies, you often get nervous laughter, a few jokes, and lots of excuses.
But make no mistake, it's a procedure you should definitely have when you turn 50. “A colonoscopy is a chance to detect cancer and precancerous polyps and to stop cancer in its tracks,” says Dr. Kelly Tyler, chief of Colorectal Surgery at Baystate Medical Center. “Colon and rectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in our country, and colonoscopy is the best way to fight it right from the start.”
Bad Excuses for Putting Off Your Colonoscopy
Allow us to debunk the following bad excuses:
- "Getting a colonoscopy hurts"
- "Getting a colonoscopy is embarrassing"
- "I’d rather not know"
- "The prep tastes awful"
Colon Cancer By The Numbers
Over 90% of colon cancers are found in people ages 50 and over. And the average 60 year old has a 1 in 4 chance of having a polyp (growth) found during a colonoscopy. The excuses not to get a colonoscopy just don't add up!
Still not convinced? Read Dan Caney's story: when he finally scheduled the procedure he’d been putting off for nine years, it saved his life. Learn more about colonoscopy screenings in our infographic (click "1 Million Survivors"image).
Then call your doctor and make the appointment.