March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. While colon cancer is one of the leading cancer causes of death in the United States, the good news is that with early diagnosis, it’s almost always completely curable.
A colonoscopy can help detect precancerous polyps, which can then be removed before they turn cancerous. It can help find cancer in its early stages when it’s more treatable.
Early detection is VERY important, which is why following the colonoscopy screening guidelines could save your life.
The CDC recommends getting a colonoscopy after turning 50, unless you have a family history, in which case your physician might recommend having one earlier. You should then have the screening done at regular intervals (talk with your doctor about what those should be).
Getting a colonoscopy for the first time can seem daunting and scary, but in reality, it’s not as bad as it seems. In this video, Dr. Susan Sgambati, a colorectal surgeon at Rose explains what to expect during and after a colonoscopy screening.
To learn more and find a doctor for your colonoscopy, call 303-320-2578.