Cancer

Can Colon Cancer Be Prevented?


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

How is colon cancer detected?

Colonoscopy is the recommended test to screen for colorectal cancer by the American College of Gastroenterology. Most patients should begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 50, although sometimes your doctor may recommend an earlier age. Colonoscopy offers both early detection of colon cancer and prevention against colon cancer.

What is a colon polyp?

A colon polyp is a small growth on the inner lining of the colon that can develop into colon cancer over time. Colon polyps often do not cause any symptoms. Prevention of colon cancer is accomplished through detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps. All of this can be achieved by getting a colonoscopy—it could save your life!

 

Colonoscopy remains one of the smartest prevention or wellness tests you can have. Recent studies have shown that people who undergo routine colonoscopies reduce their risk of colon cancer by over 50%.

  • Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in men and women.
  • Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer.
  • Colon cancer can be prevented.

 

For more information on the importance of screening for colon cancer, check out our Health Tip Video on Colonoscopies!

Additional resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For questions or concerns, ask your primary care physician.

Stephanie M. Cauble, MD Dr. Stephanie Cauble
Specializing in Gastroenterology