If you are age 50 or over, you've heard it before - you need a colonoscopy. But why do you need one? How often should you get one? What exactly is a colonoscopy?
Colon cancer is regarded as the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. This is because there are screening options available to ensure that precancerous colon polyps are detected and removed before they become cancerous. In essence, screening stops colon cancer before it starts.
Colonoscopy is the "gold standard" in colon cancer screening. It detects and removes 98% of precancerous and cancerous polyps.
This infographic from La Peer health systems gives us some great facts about colonoscopy screening and why everyone 50 or older should get one.
- Colon cancer is the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer.
- Everyone age 50 or older is considered at an "average risk" for colon cancer and should undergo screening. If you have any of the risk factors for colon cancer, you may need to be screened earlier.
- Colonoscopy detects and removes up to 98% of precancerous and cancerous colon polyps.
- Average-risk people only need to have a colonoscopy once every 10 years.
- Early detection of colon cancer saves lives.
Still not sure about getting a colonoscopy? Check out your other colon cancer screening options.