Peace of mind is just a screening away.
A colonoscopy helps find polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous. It can also identify colon and rectal cancers early, when the odds of successful treatment are highest. Colon and rectal cancer rates have increased in young and middle-aged adults.* If you’re 45 or older, ask your doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy.
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Early Detection of Colon Cancer
Why get screened for colon cancer?
Screening may find diseases at an early stage, when a doctor has a better chance of treating or preventing the disease. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends screening for colon cancer:
- At age 40 for any person with a first degree relative with colon cancer.
- At age 45 for African Americans because they have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- At age 45 for people who are not at increased risk of the disease.
Symptoms of Colon Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, get checked if you have any of following problems:
- A change in bowel habits lasting more than a few days - diarrhea, constipation, narrowing of the stool
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
- Rectal bleeding with bright red blood or blood in the stool
- Cramping or stomach pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Abnormal weight loss