Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Surprisingly, it is one of the most preventive cancers, however, many people avoid getting screened for colon cancer due to perceived discomfort and embarrassment. Colon cancer is also treatable.
You should get screened, if:
- You are 50 years of age or older.
- You have a family history of colon cancer or polyps.
- You have experienced any change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding or other GI complaints.
During the procedure (called a colonoscopy), a flexible video endoscope is advanced through the colon to find and remove precancerous polyps. Systematic removal of polyps can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by 90 percent. The board certified RMG gastroenterologists are experts in performing colonoscopies and upper endoscopies.