Don't Delay Colon Cancer Screening
Many people don’t delay scheduling their health checks for breast cancer, cervical cancer or other diseases. But when it comes to screenings for cancer of the colon and rectum, a lot of us procrastinate.
The fact is, this screening isn’t as bad as you think. It’s not painful and it’s fast. Even invasive testing, like a colonoscopy, may take only 30 minutes. And that’s time well-spent because screening can detect cancer in its early stages. Tests can also locate abnormal growths — called polyps — years before cancer develops.
Who Needs Screening
The American Cancer Society recommends people with an average risk for colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45, while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises beginning screening at age 50. Talk with your doctor about the screening schedule that works best for you.
If you have an increased risk for colorectal cancer, you may need to get tested at an earlier age. This includes people with:
- A personal history of polyps or colorectal cancer
- A strong family history of polyps or colorectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
There are symptoms to look out for, too. Talk with your doctor if you experience:
- Blood in the stool
- Recurrent stomach pain or cramping
- Stools narrower than usual
- Unexplained weight loss
Schedule Your Colonoscopy Online
We now make it simpler to schedule your colonoscopy with our handy online form. Simply fill out the required fields and a technician will get in touch with you to begin the process.
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