Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death United States. To help with early detection and reduce risk of colon cancer, tests have been developed to identify factors associated with polyps and colon cancer. These include testing for blood in the stool, Cologuard testing for stool DNA for precancerous or cancerous polyps. The goal standard for colon cancer prevention is colonoscopy, the examination of the entire lining of the colon and removal of any polyps at that time.
Why You Should Have a Colon Cancer Screening
Benign adenomatous polyps, small growths in the lining of the colon, are the precursor to colon cancer. Research has proven that by performing a colonoscopy and removing any identified polyps, colon cancer risk can be reduced by almost 80%. Current recommendations are for screening by colonoscopy to begin at age 50. In patients who have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer, the exam should be performed 10 years before family member was diagnosed.
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