Get a Colonoscopy
It’s estimated that about 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented with one simple screening: the colonoscopy. If everything goes well, your doctor will only recommend it every 10 years.
Colon screenings are now recommended starting at age 45, in part due to more cancer diagnoses happening at a younger age.
Colorectal cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths among people younger than 50, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Why Is it the Gold Standard?
Colonoscopy provides the most comprehensive view of the colon and it also allows the doctor to remove polyps on the spot in most cases. These polyps could be precancerous. That means your doctor can get rid of cancer before it even starts to develop. Find a colon screening location in your area. Call 888-422-1410 for questions.
Know the Signs
As soon as you’re age 45, get screened so any concerning polyps can be detected as soon as possible. It takes about 10 years for a polyp to develop into cancer. It’s important to know the signs of colon cancer, too.
- Change in bowel habits
- Dark, tar-like stools
- Blood in stool
- Weight loss
- Unexplained abdominal pain