Colon cancer is one of the most difficult forms of cancer to predict and to diagnose at an early stage because it develops slowly and often with minimal symptoms. However, nearly all people should have colon cancer screenings. Also known as a colorectal cancer screening, this test can be a fast and easy way not only to spot instances of early stage cancer, but also to treat it right away. In most cases, health insurance also covers this type of screening, though when it does depends on your policy.
Those who are high risk may need to have a screening more often. However, the Centers for Disease Control in the United States say that individuals over the age of 50 should have regular screenings. This includes screenings every year or every other year for this type of cancer. Some people should have more frequent screenings after having their first one at the age of 50.
- If you have a close family member (such as a parent, sibling or grandparent) that has had colon cancer, you should be screened more frequently.
- If you have any type of colon-related ailment (including inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), you should have treatment as well.
- Some people have a genetic syndrome that can make them more prone to having this disease. For instance, those who have familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer.
When it comes to risk factors, you and your doctor will need to consider all elements that can increase your risk such as your diet and overall health. The good news is that colon screenings are highly effective and they can provide a great deal of information to doctors. If and when a colon screening occurs, your doctor can during the test, remove any potential cancer polyps right away. By doing so, it may be possible to avoid the outcome of having a full blown case of colon cancer.
If you have not had one yet, now is the time to take action. Talk to your health insurance provider to find out how soon you can begin to have screenings and how frequently. Find a doctor that performs that service under your plan and seek out the treatment you need.
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