FACT: Colon cancer is the #2 cause of cancer deaths—second only to lung cancer.
FACT: When colon cancer is caught early through a colonoscopy, it is one of the most treatable cancers with an excellent prognosis.
FACT: During a routine colonoscopy, pre-cancerous polyps can be removed before they become cancer. Early-stage cancers can often be completely removed before cancer has a chance to spread.
FACT: For people at average risk for colon cancer, the screening options endorsed by the American Cancer Society include colonoscopy every ten years starting at age 50.
FACT: Some people with certain risk factors might need to start screenings before age 50. Among these risk factors are:
- Personal history of colon cancer
- Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
- Family history of colon cancer
Make sure your primary care provider is fully informed about your personal and family medical history. That’s the best way to ensure that you get the right screenings at the right time.
Preventive care saves lives. If you’re 50+ or at higher risk of colon cancer and have never had a colonoscopy, talk to your primary care provider or contact Regional Gi at (717) 869-4600.