Is Colorectal Cancer Preventable?

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By Laurence R. Sands, M.D.
Colorectal surgeon
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Colorectal cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States.

It typically affects those in the sixth, seventh and eighth decades of life.

The good news is that the disease is preventable with appropriate screening tests.

Current recommendations require that a screening colonoscopy be performed starting at age 50, or even younger in those at higher risk.

Unfortunately, many men fail to undergo this important screening tool whereby polyps, a precursor to colorectal cancer are found and removed during the colonoscopy prior to their converting into cancer.  If colon cancer is found early enough then it is a very treatable and curable disease.  If men delay their care and do not undergo the suggested colonoscopy then the disease may be advanced and incurable when discovered.

It is most important to undergo these recommendations by your doctor since the test is easy to perform, painless, and with minimal-to-no risk.

Quite simply, this exam can save your life.

Schedule your colonoscopy today. .

 

 


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