GET SCREENED. SAVE YOUR LIFE.
When was your last screening?
- Early detection results in a 90% survival rate
- Screenings may detect Colorectal Cancer before any symptoms appear
- Colorectal Cancer is one of the only cancers that may be detected early enough to be cured
- The American Cancer Society now recommends that if you are 45 and older, it is important to schedule a colonoscopy screening.
- 60% of colorectal cancer-related deaths could have been prevented with a routine screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Colonoscopy
A standard colonoscopy is the most effective colon cancer-screening test and it is the Gold Standard. It is also the only diagnostic and therapeutic test available.
Colonoscopy is a procedure to evaluate the large intestines or colon. A gastroenterologist uses a colonoscope which is a flexible instrument with a small camera on its tip. In a clean colon, the gastroenterologist can visualize the walls of the colon, remove polyps, and obtain biopsies. Colonoscopy may also be performed to evaluate and treat various conditions include bleeding from the colon, unexplained chronic diarrhea, and look for other causes of lower abdominal pain.
Colon Cancer Screening
Lower Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer with Healthy Weight, Activity and Diet
What else can you do? In addition to being screened, maintaining a healthy weight, increased physical activity, and healthy diets are key factors that can lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Check out this article for more information on lowering your risk for Colorectal Cancer.