Colon Cancer Screenings
Facts About Colorectal Cancer
When colorectal cancer is detected early, the chances of successful treatment are greatest. It can be prevented or detected early through certain procedures–a colonoscopy being the procedure of choice. Colonoscopies are administered in our Endoscopy Center under experienced personnel. Patients are closely monitored throughout the colonoscopy for safety and comfort.
Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp, which later becomes cancerous. If polyps are found early, they can be removed before becoming cancerous. Beginning at age 50, you should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. People with increased risk of colorectal cancer should discuss a more frequent and earlier screening schedule with their doctor.
There are many ways to aid in lowering the risk of colon cancer, such as proper diet and exercise, minimal consumption of alcohol (if any) and no smoking. However a colonoscopy is the best way to prevent and detect cancer at a stage where it can be successfully treated.
At Digestive Disease Associates, we are dedicated to the prevention of colon cancer, and perform thousands of screenings a year. We uncover pre-cancerous polyps on a daily basis. The possibility of mortality increases significantly when left untreated. The only way to find and remove polyps is to have regular colonoscopies since they rarely present symptoms, and don’t give you a sign that they exist. It’s a fact; early intervention with the removal of polyps saves lives.
Did you know……
- Colon Cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the US.
- You should be screened with a colonoscopy if you are 50 years old, have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, or have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.
- 93% of cases occur in people age 50 or older.
- More than 1 in 5 persons over the age of 50 have colon polyps, the leading cause of colon cancer.
- 3 out of 5 patients have no family history.
- 85% of colon cancer patients have no symptoms.
- Studies show gastroenterologists perform higher quality colonoscopy exams with more accurate detection of polyps and cancer, and better comprehensive consultative care, compared to any other physician who may provide similar services.
At Digestive Disease Associates, you will receive expert knowledge and compassionate service from our highly trained physicians and staff in the field of gastroenterology. We are always available to guide you through the process of a colonoscopy by answering any of your questions. We’ll provide you with all the educational materials needed to help you through your screening, so contact our office today to learn more about Colon Cancer Screenings.