Things You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer or colon cancer (CRC) is the one of the most common, most deadly and most preventable cancers. This cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests like colonoscopies can stop colon cancer before it even starts, or it can find the cancer in it’s early stages which increases the chances of successful treatment.

THE BOTTOMLINE:  Get screened starting at age 50.  However, if you or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer or if you have inflammatory bowel disease, get screened earlier.  

2 comments

  1. Susan says:

    The first words I heard my husband utter when I was coming out of the anesthesia after my 2nd colonoscopy was “Thanks a lot!” I had told the doctor on the way into my procedure to schedule my husband for one because he was turning 50 shortly. So we left with a date and paperwork in hand. He wasn’t really mad at me, but he wasn’t really pleased either. He didn’t feel the need to be so prompt with this screening because he had absolutely zero family history of colon issues. Well, to his surprise he did have polyps removed when the screening was performed, and he was now happy about my underhanded maneuver to keep him healthy.
    I’m speaking from experience when I say that this screening is a big nothing. No pain at all and the best quality nap you can get. In fact, I begged the anesthesiologist for just a few more winks! ;o)

  2. Robyn says:

    Way to go Susan! Early detection is key.

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