Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths, but it's totally preventable.
It will claim more than 56,000 lives in the United States this year alone. The sad fact about colon cancer is it's preventable, all it takes is a simple procedure to keep you clean.
We can prevent colorectal cancer by doing colonoscopy, and you can decrease incidence of colorectal cancer by 90 percent by doing colonoscopies.
Colorectal cancer affects both men and women and a Colonoscopy can tell your doctor if you're at risk. If there is no family history the best time to have a Colonoscopy is the age of 50.
Everybody who is over 50 is supposed to have a colonoscopy. This is cost effective because 95 percent of colorectal cancer will appear at age 50 and plus.
The colonoscopy can scope out polyps in the colon. If there are polyps the doctor can remove them during the procedure. If they turn out to be cancerous or even pre-cancerous you and your doctor can then discuss the best avenue to take.
We know it takes five to 10 years for these polyps to convert to cancer. This is why physicians came to develop those guidelines for screening.