Colorectal Cancer is Preventable
Preventive screening is the best way to find an issue before it becomes colorectal cancer.
Sometimes, people choose to put off screening due to worries about the time, cost, embarrassment or a lack of symptoms. Even without a family history, signs or risk factors, people can still be at risk. All it takes is one day and one screening to safeguard yourself from the second deadliest cancer.
Especially for patients 45 years or older, it’s important to talk to a doctor about whether colonoscopy or another screening option is right for you.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to examine the entire length of your large intestine. They will use a colonoscope – a lighted scope with a camera.
What can a colonoscopy detect?
Colonoscopy can help find problems with the colon, such as early signs of cancer, inflamed tissue, ulcers and bleeding.
Doctors also use colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
You likely have more questions. Learn more in our frequently asked questions below.