I recently turned 50 which meant it was time for my first colonoscopy. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and generally when caught early, has a good cancer prognosis. Yet, 30% of adults age 50 and older have not had a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer! However, getting your first colonoscopy doesn’t have to be scary, and you can prep to make the procedure go as smoothly as possible.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. The 2017 estimate is 135,430 new diagnoses of colorectal cancer and 50,260 deaths. The goal for health care providers is to reduce these deaths through early detection. Colon polyps can develop over 10-15 years. When detected early, polyps can be removed reducing the risk of developing and dying of rectal or colon cancer. Early detection becomes your ally yet, only 60% of Americans who should get screened, do.