Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and a leading cause of death for both men and women. Most colorectal cancers start as polyps. And while most polyps aren’t dangerous, some can turn into cancer. Colonoscopies can help spot colon cancer early and make treatment easier. They can also help identify and remove colorectal polyps before they become cancerous. The five-year survival rate for early detected colon cancer is about 90%, but only four out of 10 colon cancers are found that early.
According to the American Cancer Society, certain people are at greater risk for developing colon cancer. These include people with:
According to the American Cancer Society:
There are some habits you can maintain or avoid to help reduce your risk for developing colorectal cancer. These include:
A colonoscopy procedure is easier than you might think. Talk with your provider about your risks and the right time to schedule your colonoscopy. If you are 45 or older and have not been screened, the time is now. Do not delay the care you need.
Jackson Purchase Medical Center houses two GI doctors as well as two APRNs in the field.
We are no longer requiring a physician's referral to schedule a colonoscopy or a GI office visit. To schedule an appointment, call 270.251.4575.