Did you know that colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the second-leading cause of all cancer-related deaths? Early detection is key. The earlier you get screened, the better your chances are for a favorable outcome if anything abnormal is found.
Initial screening colonoscopies are now recommended starting at age 45 and every 10 years after that until at least age 75. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor to find out if you should be screened sooner or more frequently.
4. High-risk individuals should be especially diligent about screening for colon cancer.
If you have a family history of colon cancer, previously had polyps removed or have a personal history of colon cancer or chronic inflammatory bowel disease, having regular, periodic surveillance colonoscopies is critical.
5. You can schedule a colonoscopy without an office visit – saving you time and additional co-pays.
If you’re healthy and don’t have any major medical conditions, you just need to fill out a form to schedule an Open Access Colonoscopy, so you can skip that extra appointment.