Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in this country. It affects men and women equally. We do not know the true cause of colon cancer but genetics, diet, smoking and obesity increase one’s risk. If diagnosed early, before any symptoms occur, colon cancer can often be cured surgically. Unfortunately, many people go without screening. All patients over 40 years of age should be checked for microscopic gastrointestinal bleeding with a stool test. Colonoscopy is recommended for average risk patients over 50 years of age.
Please feel free to watch our You Tube video entitled The Importance of Colon Cancer Screening for more information.
You are welcome to schedule your colon cancer screening with us online at /for-patients/direct-access-colonoscopy/. If there are active or important medical problems, an office visit may be requested prior to your colonoscopy.