Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related death in men and women combined in the United States.
So, why should you get screened? When colon cancer is detected early, it can be curable! Colon cancer screening saves lives. Through screening, polyps can be found and removed before they become cancer.
Still not convinced? 90% of new cases occur in people ages 50 and older. In fact, 50 is the recommended age to start getting screened. Screening is the #1 most effective way to prevent colon cancer.
There are multiple methods used for screening, but the most common method and the gold standard is through a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a simple procedure in which your gastroenterologist detects polyps in the colon using a long tube with a light and camera.
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