Screenings and the Importance of Colonoscopies
In both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. Yet, it is a form of cancer that is largely preventable and easily detected early through the use of colonoscopy.
Colorectal cancer occurs in men and women equally, and it is recommended for everyone to begin getting colonoscopies at the age of 50, unless there is a family history of the disease. For individuals with a family history of colon cancer, especially a parent or a sibling, have a discussion with your physician about early screenings and when you should start getting screened.
Through the use of colonoscopy, gastroenterologists can not only detect and diagnose malignancies in the colon, but they can also detect and remove possibly pre-cancerous polyps lining the colon—significantly decreasing risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Dr. Henry Danis, a gastroenterologist at LeBauer Gastroenterology, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about the importance of colonoscopies.