Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide, among men and women combined, yet it can often be prevented through screening. Screening for people at average risk of colorectal cancer should start from age 45 or 50, depending on your condition.
Early Detection Saves Lives.
Colorectal cancer can be prevented. Colorectal cancer is preventable since it starts as polyps and take years to become cancerous, if at all. If it is found early, the 5-year survival rate is 90%. Colonoscopy is a safe procedure with a low incidence of complications and is recommended to be done once every 3 to 10 years, starting from the age of 45 or 50, depending on your condition. With recent advancements in colonoscopy, even polyps that are larger than 2cm in diameter can be removed safely via colonoscopy. Many lives can be saved by understanding colorectal cancer risks, increasing screening rates, and making lifestyle changes.
Consult your doctor to assess your suitability for a colonoscopy screening if you are over 50 or if you experience symptoms like persistent abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, increasing constipation, unexplained weight loss, and a sudden change in bowel habit.
For any question or to make an appointment with our Gastroenterologist, Dr. Akiko Tomonari, please contact our Appointment Service Center at 400.819.6622.
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