Did you know that the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is 90 percent when the cancer is found early? March is National Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month. There are different screening tools to detect colon cancer, but for most of us the first step is a colonoscopy.
Everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. Individuals at higher risk, including African-Americans, may need to be screened when younger. Talk to your doctor about whether you are at risk and which screening test best suits you. If you are over 50 and haven’t had a colonoscopy yet, it’s not too late to schedule one.
Specialists at the UI Clifton Digestive Disease Center can help you determine if you have risk factors to be considered when deciding on a colon cancer screening option. Most likely, that will include a colonoscopy, which you can schedule at your convenience.
Call UI Clifton Digestive Disease Center at 319-356-4060 to schedule an appointment.