A colonoscopy can lead to the detection and removal of polyps, some of which may progress to cancer if left to develop. So if you're over the age of 50, or have a history of colon cancer, you owe it to your health to get screened. Still not convinced? Here are four reasons to schedule a colonoscopy today.
1. It doesn't take a lot of time.
A colonoscopy only takes between 20 minutes to an hour from start to finish. Even if you add in waiting and consult time, plus the time it takes to get undressed and dressed again, the entire appointment will only take a few hours.
2. Your screening is good for 8 - 10 years.
If no polyps are found, you're not at high risk for colon cancer, and don't exhibit any troubling GI symptoms, you won't have to get another colonoscopy for nearly a decade.
3. The procedure is painless.
While there is some prep work involved, you will be sedated for the colonoscopy itself. You might not even remember much of the procedure!
4. A colonoscopy can save your life.
Colorectal cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer deaths in the US for men and women combined, but early screening can catch polyps and other abnormal tissue before they have a chance to become cancerous. Even if the doctor finds cancer, it can frequently be successfully treated. A study published in New England Journal of Medicine found colonoscopies can reduce the risk of dying from colon cancer by 53 percent.
Colon cancer often has no symptoms until its later stages. A colonoscopy gives you and your doctors a better chance at finding, removing or otherwise treating any cancerous growths before they progress.
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