Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. And while 90 percent of colon cancer cases occur in people over age 50, more than 40 percent of them ignore the advice to get the recommended colonoscopy beginning at age 50.
Get Healthy’s Jackie Hays interviews a doctor, nurse and patients about colon cancer symptoms, ways to reduce your colon cancer risk, and shows us how a colonoscopy not only finds precancerous polyps but removes them.
While the average age for a first colonoscopy is 50, people with a family history should speak with their doctor about getting one sooner. African Americans also have a higher risk of colon cancer and doctors recommend they begin their screening colonoscopy at age 45. If you are due for your colonoscopy or would like more information, you can call 629-1234.