Have You Had Your Screening Colonoscopy?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month! Did you know that colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States in both men and women? This is an astounding statistic considering there are screening tools for colon cancer. Colon health is not something we openly talk about. Changes in your bowel movements rarely spark a conversation with a friend that later encourages you to call the doctor. We need to change the conversation.

When Is It Time For Screening?

It is recommended that the average adult begin colon cancer screenings at age 50, and earlier if you are at higher risk or are symptomatic. Putting off scheduling an appointment with a gastroenterologist may seem like no big deal, but a colonoscopy could just save your life! Colon cancer is most frequently caused by an abnormal accumulation of cells that form a polyp. Over time, polyps may become cancerous. Polyps can be seen and removed by your doctor during routine colon screenings before they become cancerous or in cancer’s early stages. That’s something to talk about!

What Are The Symptoms And Risk Factors?

Colon cancer symptoms can include abdominal pain, weight loss, changes in your bowel habits or blood in your stool. If you experience persistent symptoms, you should contact your doctor at Vanguard Gastroenterology for evaluation. It is also important to know your risk factors that may increase your risks of developing colon cancer. Common risk factors include eating a low fiber/high fat diet, leading a sedentary lifestyle, being diabetic, smoking, older age and being overweight. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and when you should begin colon cancer screenings.

How Can Vanguard Gastro Help?

Vanguard Gastroenterology has board certified gastroenterologists at several convenient locations. If you are age 50 or over and have never had a colonoscopy, call us and schedule an appointment today.

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