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This essential test can detect colon cancer at its earliest—most treatable stages.
According to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer—which includes cancers of the colon and rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, especially if it’s diagnosed early when it can be treated effectively.
Almost all cases of colorectal cancer begin as benign, or non-cancerous, polyps. Colorectal polyps can be detected in a rectal exam or a test such as a colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, physicians look for anything that might signal early signs of cancer, such as inflammation, bleeding, ulcers, changes in color and polyps. Colon cancer usually starts with benign polyps that can become cancerous if they’re not removed. Although most polyps are non-cancerous, physicians can often remove them during the colonoscopy and biopsy them.
Take care of recommended colon cancer screenings close to home at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie. With a board-certified anesthesiologist on staff, we provide deep sedation for all our colonoscopy patients to reduce stress and discomfort.
People without a family history should get their first colonoscopy at age 50. If no cancer or polyps are found, this screening test should be repeated every 10 years. People with a personal or family history of cancer or polyps should follow their doctor’s recommendations for screening frequency.
For a referral to a physician on the Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie medical staff, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or click here.
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