Colon Cancer Screening

Why get screened for colon cancer?
Screening may find diseases at an early stage, when a doctor has a better chance of treating or preventing the disease. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends screening for colon cancer:

  • at age 40 for any person with a first degree relative with colon cancer.
  • at age 45 for African Americans because they have an increased risk of developing the disease.
  • at age 45 for people who are not at increased risk of the disease.

What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, called a colonoscope or scope, to look inside the rectum and entire colon. Colonoscopy can show abnormalities of the lining of the large intestine.

Why is a colonoscopy performed?
Some of the reasons a colonoscopy may be performed include but are not limited to:

  • screening for colon cancer
  • changes in bowel habits
  • abdominal pain
  • bleeding from the anus
  • unexplained weight loss
  • a family history of colon cancer

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