Don’t Be Whiny. Protect Your Hiney.
One-third of U.S. adults skip their colonoscopy and one reason is the prep. As the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable if detected early.
Know the Signs
The most common symptoms of colon cancer include bleeding from the bowel or a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation. Others include:
- Pain or tenderness in lower abdomen
- Narrow stools or blood in stool
- Unexplained weight loss
You should get a colon cancer screening after you turn 50 and make it a regular part of your health routine. Colonoscopy is the most comprehensive exam to prevent colon cancers. However, screening of any kind is more effective than no screening. There are several screening options to choose from.
If you choose colonoscopy, the procedure itself takes about 30 minutes and polyps can even be removed during the procedure.
Why Screening Is Important
Watch this video to learn more about why colorectal cancer screening is so important.