5 Facts About Colon Cancer

March is colon cancer awareness month which means that we at Vanguard Gastroenterology, have one thing on our minds: colon cancer screening. One of the things that we strive to do for our patients is to give them the information they need to feel more informed. Here are five helpful facts about colon cancer.

Fact #1

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States— which is a staggeringly high statistic.

Fact #2

50 is the golden number. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that patients over the age of 50 get screened for colon cancer. This is largely because, after the age of 50, people start developing polyps.

Fact #3

Colon cancer is 90% preventable. This is one of the biggest reasons why we urge patients over 50 or those exhibiting symptoms to have a screening.

Fact #4

Polyps and tumors, which are tiny growths on the inner wall of the intestine, often take about 5-10 years to develop into cancer and patients with these growths typically don’t exhibit symptoms. However, with a colonoscopy, we can detect these growths before they advance.

Fact #5

In most, if not all, cases, colon cancer screenings are considered preventative. Since this is the case, insurance should cover the screening.

Understanding some basic facts about colon cancer may save your life or your loved one’s life. If you are over the age of 50 and need yet another reason to get a colonoscopy, don’t hesitate to call our Vanguard Gastroenterology office with any questions or concerns— we will gladly help. To schedule your colonoscopy, contact our office at call us.