Colon Cancer and the Importance of Colonoscopy Screening
At FirstLight Health System colon cancer prevention is an area of deep concern. Colon, or colorectal, cancer starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon). According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women. Early diagnosis, however, often leads to a complete cure.
Colon cancer can almost always be caught by colonoscopy in its earliest and most curable stages. All men and women age 50 and older should have a colon cancer screening. Patients at risk may need earlier screening.
A colonoscopy is an internal examination of the colon (large intestine) and rectum, using an instrument called a colonoscope. Colonoscopies are the most effective method of screening for colon cancer.
A baseline colonoscopy is recommended for all patients at the age of 50, with some high-risk individuals recommended to begin screening at a younger age. Contact FirstLight Health System to schedule your preventative screening colonoscopy at 320-679-1313.
You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you
While many cases of colon cancer have no symptoms, the following signs may indicate colon cancer:
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