Colon cancer is the third leading cancer killer in the United States, yet it is a preventable and treatable disease if diagnosed in its early stages.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), representing the experts in colon cancer screening, recommends colonoscopy screenings beginning at age 50. If you are turning 50, don’t put off getting a colonoscopy. Since March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it is a great time to learn the facts about colon cancer prevention.
Learn More About Colon Cancer
Colon cancer, also referred to as colorectal cancer, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. More than 140,00 cases of colon cancer are expected to occur in 2014, and over 50,000 will die from the disease. However, death rates for colon cancer have declined in both men and women over the past two decades, due to declining incidence rates and improvements in early detection and treatment.
Colon cancer is considered a silent killer because often there are no symptoms until it is too late to treat. Age is the single largest risk factor for the disease, so even people who lead a healthy lifestyle can develop polyps and cancer. Both men and women are affected by colon cancer equally. Most colon cancers arise from precancerous growths in the colon called polyps, which can be found during a colonoscopy screening and removed before they turn into cancer.
Schedule A Colonoscopy
Contact Regional Gi or your family physician to discuss a screening colonoscopy.