Colon Cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in America among both men and women - excluding skin cancers. Luckily, it is also over 90% curable if found early.
Being screened for colon cancer involves a colonoscopy. If you are at least 50, and have never been screened, you are eligible for a colonoscopy. If you have symptoms such as abdominal pain, blood in the stool, change in bowel habits, and narrowing of stool, you should schedule a colonoscopy today. There has been a recent increase in colon cancer diagnoses in people under 50, many don't recognize the symptoms or confuse it with other GI conditions, like IBS. Don't ignore symptoms, screening saves lives. If you have any of the following risk factors, schedule an appointment today.
Know your risk for colorectal cancer (CRC):
- Age - CRC becomes more common after the age of 50
- African Americans should begin screening at age 45
- Sedentary lifestyle - even if you are not overweight and work out, sitting more than 5 hours per day increases your risk
- Family history - a first degree relative (parent, sibling, child) with CRC increases your risk and changes the age of initial screening. Everyone’s history is different, so you should speak to your doctor about the appropriate schedule.