Colonoscopy is the key to colon cancer prevention.
Colorectal cancer is the second-most deadly of all cancers, killing more Americans (over 60,000) each year than breast or prostate cancers. Yet colorectal cancer is among the most preventable and curable of all cancers, if it is found and treated early enough.
We recommend that adults have a colonoscopy at age 50, and another every five to 10 years thereafter based on the findings from the first colonoscopy, family history and other factors.
Sadly, too many patients put off colon cancer screening because they are afraid of the discomfort or what might be found. They don’t understand that, thanks to today’s anesthesia, there is virtually no discomfort.
Most polyps we find and remove are benign or precancerous. Early removal of these polyps can prevent cancer.