An apple a day. A colonoscopy a decade. How’s that for sound advice? With no other risk factors, you only need one colonoscopy a decade after age 50. Since colon cancer generally has no symptoms and often gives little warning, a screening is your best line of defense in reducing your risk. Once a decade for a screening to beat cancer sounds manageable, doesn’t it?
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. And, early detection is vital. When detected early, it’s quite treatable. Over 90 percent of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening. (Screenings typically start at age 50. But, if you have a family history of colon cancer, you and your close family members should begin getting regular colon screenings earlier.)
Don’t just “wait and see”
Ready to get screened? Great.
If you’re 50 or older, getting tested for colon cancer could save your life. Here’s how:
» Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.
» Screening can detect polyps, so they can be removed before developing into cancer.
» Screening can find colon cancer early. When detected early, the chance of being cured is good.
A colonoscopy is considered the gold standard when it comes to detecting cancer and polyps. It’s a simple procedure where the inside of the rectum and entire colon are examined using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope. The good news is that if you aren’t at high risk, you only need one screening every ten years starting at age 50. The best part: most insurances cover screening colonoscopies.
Altru’s Endoscopy Center, staffed by three gastroenterologists and four surgeons, can see you at a time that best fits your schedule. And, with more space at their Altru Professional Center location and more physicians on staff, you are able to be seen faster.
Don’t wait and see. Take control of your health and schedule your screening today (after your fruit break). Request an appointment online using MyHealth or call 701.780.6533.
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