Fact: 7 of 10 people with colon cancer have no symptoms.
What is colon cancer?
Colon cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is one of the most common forms of cancer, yet many people are uncomfortable talking about it. Colon cancer begins as a growth on the lining of the colon or rectum. This growth is called a polyp. Over time, some polyps may develop into cancer.
• Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States
• Each year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer
• Colon cancer affects men and women equally
• If detected and treated early, colon cancer is up to 90% curable
• There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S.
Colon cancer can be prevented
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer and is often curable when detected early. Screening is recommended for everyone beginning at age 50 or earlier if you have a family history or symptoms.
Preferred colorectal cancer prevention test: colonoscopy
Colonoscopy every 10 years is the preferred colorectal cancer prevention test beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African Americans). The American College of Gastroenterology considers colonoscopy the “gold standard” for colorectal screening because colonoscopy allows physicians to look directly at the entire colon and to identify suspicious growths. Colonoscopy is the only test that allows a biopsy or removal of a polyp at the very same time it is first identified.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives
Too often people make excuses instead of making the call that could save their lives. Good Samaritan wants to make scheduling your colonoscopy as convenient as possible with our Direct Access Colonoscopy program.
Schedule your colonoscopy direct with no pre-procedure office visit necessary for most patients. The Direct Access Colonoscopy program is available for those between the ages of 50 and 75 who are in general good health. Both screening and surveillance colonoscopies may be scheduled through the Direct Access program.
Call Good Samaritan Digestive Health Specialists today to schedule your colonoscopy: 717.376.1180
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