Did you know that one in three cancer deaths is preventable? And many of these cancers can be caught and treated early if people get screened regularly. That’s why getting screened for cancer, especially colon cancer is so important. That’s why getting screened for cancer, especially colon cancer, is so important. The earlier cancer is caught, the better the chances are for successful treatment. But unfortunately, many people don’t get screened regularly or at all.
There are a few reasons why you should get screened for colon cancer:
- It’s essential to catch the disease early. The earlier it’s caught, the easier it is to treat.
- Colon cancer is more common in people over the age of 45
- If you have a family history of colon cancer, you’re at a higher risk for the disease.
If you’re over 45 or have a family history of colon cancer, you should start getting screened for the disease. You will need to begin screening ten years earlier than your relative was diagnosed with colon cancer, whichever is earlier. There are several different ways to screen for colon cancer, including colonoscopies and stool tests. Talk to your doctor about which option is right for you.
A screening may seem painful, but it could save your life. It can detect polyps, small growths on the colon lining that may become cancerous. Screenings can also find cancers early when they are most easily treated.
How to get screened for colon cancer
There are a few different ways to get screened for colon cancer. The most common is a colonoscopy. This procedure involves a doctor inserting a long, flexible tube into the rectum and colon to look for abnormal growths or polyps. While a colonoscopy can be an effective way to detect colon cancer in its early stages, it is not without its risks. The procedure can be uncomfortable, and there is a small risk of complications such as bleeding or perforation of the bowel. As a result, some people may prefer to undergo alternative screening methods, such as a stool test or CT scan.
A less invasive option is a stool test. This is where you collect a stool sample and send it to a lab to be tested for blood or other signs of cancer. The advantage of this method is that it is less likely to cause discomfort or pain than other methods, such as a colonoscopy. In addition, it is usually covered by insurance, making it more affordable than other screening methods. However, the stool test is not as accurate as a colonoscopy, so it may not be appropriate for everyone.
Your doctor will likely recommend one of these tests based on age, risk factors, and preferences. Whichever test you choose, getting screened for colon cancer is a vital way to catch the disease early and improve your chances of survival.
What are the risks and benefits of getting screened for colon cancer?
Although colon cancer is a severe disease, the risks associated with getting screened for colon cancer are relatively minor. The most common risk is discomfort, including cramping, bloating, or gas during or after the procedure. Although these symptoms are unpleasant, they are not usually serious and can be easily treated. There is also a small risk of bleeding or perforation (a hole in the intestine). These risks are rare and can usually be resolved with medical treatment. Therefore, although some risks are associated with colon cancer screening, the benefits of early detection far outweigh the risks.
How to prepare for a colonoscopy
If you’re scheduled for a colonoscopy, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. First, you’ll need to clean out your colon. This is done by drinking a solution that will make you have diarrhea. You’ll also need to follow a special diet and take laxatives for a few days before the procedure. However, by following the instructions and taking the time to clean your colon thoroughly, you can help ensure that the procedure is successful.
The procedure is usually done under sedation, which means you will be given medication to make you drowsy and relaxed. The effects of the sedative typically wear off after a few hours, but it is best to take it easy for the rest of the day. This is why it is essential to have someone drive you home afterward – you will not be able to drive yourself.
That’s why getting screened for cancer, especially colon cancer is so important. The earlier cancer is caught, the better the chances are for successful treatment. If you haven’t been screened recently, please talk to your doctor about getting a screening today. And if you know someone who hasn’t been screened recently, please encourage them to get screened today
If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor. They can help you through every step of the process and ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.
*The material provided on this website is for informational purposes only and not to be used as specific medical advice. Please contact the office for specific health information.