Does Your Crohn’s Or IBD Put You At Risk For Colon Cancer?

March is colon cancer awareness month and there is no better time to check your risk factors and talk with your doctor about when you should start colon health screenings. Common risk factors for colon cancer include diet, being a smoker, diabetes, exercise level, personal and family history. For the average person it is recommended that you being colon health screenings, like a colonoscopy, at the age of 50, but some patients need to start screenings younger and more often.

Inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease are chronic inflammatory conditions that greatly increase your risk of developing Colon Cancer. Symptoms of inflammatory disease including abdominal pain, bloating and gas, rectal bleeding and weight loss. The part of your colon affected and the amount of time you’ve had an inflammatory disease play a part in your risks. Keeping your disease under control either with diet or medications prescribed by your doctor will help decrease your inflammation and risk of developing cancer. If you have an inflammatory disease your doctor may suggest that you begin colon health screenings much younger and more often.

It is important to know your risk factors and talk with your doctor about your risk of developing Colon Cancer and when to start colon screenings. If you have any symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease or Colon Cancer call the doctors at Vanguard Gastro in New York and schedule an appointment today.

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