March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in the United States after lung cancer (stop smoking!). As previously noted in the post on recommended screenings, everyone should have a screening colonoscopy at least by age 50. Certain groups of individuals, such as African-Americans and those with positive family history for colon cancer should have the test done earlier. Simply put, colonoscopy is definitive in screening and diagnosing colorectal cancer. Furthermore, it is one of the most successful ways to both prevent and treat early cancer.
Next we will touch on how a colonoscopy is done.