What You Need To Know About Colon Cancer Screening

What You Need To Know About Colon Cancer Screening
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There are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, including regular screening. In fact, regular screening may prevent as many as 50 percent of all colorectal cancers and death rates related to colorectal cancer have been dropping over the past several decades.

So why aren’t more people getting screened? There are a number of myths regarding the pros and cons of colorectal cancer screenings that may be causing some people to put off getting tested.

Screening allows doctors to remove pre-cancerous polyps before they become cancerous and when treatment is most effective. If a person has CRC, screening can help find it early when treatment works best.

Colonoscopy is one type of screening test. It’s a good screening option because it allows doctors to not only detect colorectal cancer but also remove precancerous polyps during the same procedure

 

Myth: I don’t need colon cancer screening if I’m not having symptoms.

Fact: The majority of colon cancers begin as growths or polyps in the large intestine or rectum. These polyps usually do not cause symptoms until they become malignant or develop into a tumor. That’s why screenings are so important — they may help detect these polyps before they become dangerous.

 

Myth: A colonoscopy is painful and embarrassing.

Fact: It’s not as bad as you might think. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy beforehand, which may include following a specific diet and taking laxatives or enemas to clear out your bowels before the test. If you follow the instructions carefully, your bowel should be free of waste when the test begins, so there won’t be any reason for you to feel embarrassed during the test itself.

 

Myth: It will take too long to recover from a colonoscopy compared to a noninvasive test like a stool test or CT scan.

Fact: Colonoscopy recovery time is minimal. Some people experience mild cramping and bloating after their procedure, but these symptoms usually go away quickly.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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