Colon Cancer Screenings

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Topic: Colon Cancer Screenings

Colorectal cancer screening are a variety of tests that can be done to discover early stages of colorectal cancer or to discover the disease before it develops in early polyps.

The people who should be screened for colorectal cancer are individuals between the ages of 50 and 75 individuals between the ages of 75 and 85 should have a conversation with their physician.

And then finally there are individuals who should start the screening earlier than age 50 like those with family history of colorectal cancer or those with inflammatory bowel disease.

A common misperception is that it's a male-only disease but the reality is that women have almost an equal risk as men do so it's very important for both men and women to be screened.

There are a few different types of colorectal cancer screenings available one of which is the fecal immunochemical test otherwise known as the fit kit it can be done within the comfort of your own home and it's easy and convenient, and doesn't require you to take time off work or have to get sedation and then you just mail in the test results.

The other tier one test is the colonoscopy and that provides a direct visualization of the colon and it has to be done over ten years I think the main reason that colorectal cancer screening is so important is because it's a preventable disease.

If I told you I can do something for you that will prevent you from getting the third most common cancer in the United States then I think you would choose to do that. People are sort of concerned about getting screened and they're worried that something is going to turn out positive and then what do they have to do I guess my answer to that is that if you don't get screened and you do eventually develop symptoms you're still gonna have to have a colonoscopy but then at that point you may be incurable.

Whereas if you get your screening when everything is fine and we detect things early or don't detect anything at all then you rest easy and then things are good I think in the end it's definitely worthwhile and certainly studies have shown that we've reduced the morbidity and mortality of colorectal cancer through good screening programs.

Two tests that have been determined to be tier one or the best forms of screening are fit kits and colonoscopy.

At the end of the day getting screened is always better than not getting screened.

We really care about the health and wellness of our members and by providing these no-cost preventive screenings we really contribute to the Wellness of our community.