Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women in the United States? The disease affects men and women equally, and becomes more common with increasing age. If detected and treated early, colon cancer is usually curable. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance:
- Over 90% of those diagnosed when the cancer is found at a local stage (confined to colon or rectum) survive more than five years.
- Once the cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue) that rate drops to 69%.
- When the cancer has also spread to distant sites, only 11% of those diagnosed will reach the five-year survival milestone.
How Often Should I Be Screened?
Most men and women should have a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. If there is a family history or if abnormal polyps have been previously found, your doctor may recommend screening starting at age 40, then every 3-5 years.
What are the Risk Factors?
A family history of colorectal cancer or abnormal polyps can increase your risk, as can smoking and eating a high-fat diet.
Scheduling a Colonoscopy
For information on how to schedule your colonoscopy screening at MUSC, call 843-792-6982.