Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. However, there are effective ways to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact. An easy way to ensure you are safe from colon cancer? Schedule your screening colonoscopy today with GI Alliance.
What Age Should I a Colonoscopy?
In the most recent guidelines, The American Cancer Society recommends that ALL people get a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 45. (Instead of starting at age 50 as recommended in the previous guideline).Those with other risk factors may need to follow a different schedule. Following the recommendations for screening colonoscopy reduces the death rate from colorectal cancer by 60 to 70 percent.
What Exactly is Colorectal Cancer?
The colon and rectum connect the upper part of the digestive tract to the anal canal. They are responsible for allowing waste to pass through the body and for absorbing water and some other nutrients. Colorectal cancer occurs when malignant (cancer) cells grow in the colon or rectum. Unchecked, the cells can grow into tumors within the colon or rectum. Such a tumor can bleed, causing anemia, or even block the colon and cause obstruction – a dangerous complication of the disease.
The facts of colorectal cancer can be frightening to hear. But we all have a great tool to reduce our risk of the disease. If you are 45 years old, over 45 or have other risk factors for the disease, talk to your physician about the right screening schedule for you.
Schedule a Colonoscopy Today!