You have the power to stop colon cancer before it starts. Colon cancer often begins as a noncancerous growth. Through testing, your doctor can detect and remove these growths long before they could turn into cancer.
To view a 7 minute presentation from the American Cancer Society about colorectal cancer testing procedures, please click here.
If you have a parent, a sibling, or child who has had colon cancer, regular testing may be vital in saving your life. However many people who get colon cancer have no family history, so it's important for all men and women to begin regular colonoscopies at age 50.
Individuals at an increased risk for colon cancer may need their first colonoscopy before age 50. You may be at an increased risk for colon cancer if you have a:
Personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
Family history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
Family history of cancers, including cancer of the breast, ovary, uterus, and other organs
Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease
For more information, call your Prevea Health primary care provider at -
(920) 496-4700 or (888) 2PREVEA.
Source: copyright 2005 The American Cancer Society, Inc.