If you are approaching the age of 45, you may be wondering, why do I need to get a colonoscopy? For starters, it could save your life. If that doesn’t move you to set one up, we will give you several additional reasons.
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Yes, you have heard recently that younger adults are getting colon cancer. The numbers are rising at a rapid rate, like 51% since 1994. You may also know that the American Cancer Society now recommends screenings should start at age 45, even for those with average risk. In addition, not only are more younger people in their thirties and forties being diagnosed, but more are dying. If this is not enough to encourage you to schedule your screening, here are additional signs you may need to schedule a colonoscopy.
Colonoscopy schedules are different for those who have significant risk factors like someone who had colon cancer versus someone who has not. The timing of rescreening, how often, and how long to continue them are all variables, except when to schedule your first colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is a procedure used to discover polyps in the colon which can become cancerous if not found and removed. On average 40,000 Americans have a colonoscopy per day, so even if this is not your first one of these screenings, here are some important questions to ask your colonoscopy doctor beforehand.
Of the cancers that affect men and women in the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common.
Research suggests that the prevalence of this common cancer may be due in part to emulsifiers. Emulsifiers are additives that are used in most processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life. They are present in many of the foods we eat fairly regularly.
Most people don’t look forward to things like a colonoscopy, but contrary to popular belief, prepping for a colonoscopy does not have to be a time filled with anxiety or fear.