Gastroenterologists perform colonoscopy screenings to help prevent and diagnose colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in U.S. adults. But it’s also among the most treatable cancers when it’s caught early.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A COLONOSCOPY?
People who have an average risk for colorectal cancer typically begin colonoscopies at age 50, and then every 10 years. The average 60 year old has a 1 in 4 chance of having a polyp (growth) found during a colonoscopy screening.
People with a higher risk may need to start earlier or have more frequent screenings.
Talk with your primary care doctor about your personal colorectal cancer screening schedule.
Colonoscopies can spot the earliest signs of cancer, when it is easier to effectively treat.
LIFESAVING CANCER SCREENING
Compared to at-home colon cancer test options like Cologuard and FIT, colonoscopies are better at finding pre-cancer and cancer cells. While some people find preparation for colonoscopies unpleasant, most are surprised to find it’s not that bad. Plus, the actual procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes.
Make a screening appointment today by calling your primary care provider.