March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month so let's talk bowels! Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and women in the United States, but one of the few cancers that has a screening tool. It is recommend that the average adult should begin colon screenings at age 50. Since colonoscopies are not the most popular thing, it is not uncommon for people to avoid beginning screenings, but the procedure could very well save your life.
Don’t Put Off Your Colonoscopy
Colon cancer is most commonly caused by an accumulation of abnormal cells called a polyp. Polyps can be found during a routine colonoscopy and removed before they become cancerous or in cancer’s early stages. The earlier colon cancer is found, the more easily it can be treated. So the question is why avoid your colonoscopy? After all, the prep is the worst part.
Symptoms and Risk Factors
Symptoms of colon cancer can include unintentional weight loss, abdominal pain, blood in your stool and changes in your bowel habits. Persistent symptoms should not be avoided. Talk with Dr. Sameer Islam about your symptoms and what testing may be right for you. Also talk with Dr. Islam about your risk factors for colon cancer. Common risk factors include being overweight, low fiber/high fat diet, sedentary lifestyle, being diabetic and older age.
Don’t put off scheduling your colonoscopy any longer. This March make an appointment with Dr. Islam today.