Everyone has reasons for not getting a colonoscopy. Some people don’t believe they are at risk, others are afraid of the procedure, and some are worried of what the doctor could discover during an exam.
None of these reasons change the fact that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and having a colonoscopy can save your life.
A screening colonoscopy is recommended for anyone 45 years of age and older. Talk to your doctor about earlier screening if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or if you are experiencing any symptoms, such as bleeding or change in bowel habits.
Still unsure? Download a free Colonoscopy Treatment Guide and learn more about:
- Why you should get a colonoscopy
- What happens before and during a colonoscopy
- Common misconceptions and myths
- The advantages of scheduling a colonoscopy at Cleveland Clinic
A colonoscopy can both detect and remove polyps before they can turn into colon cancer. In fact, up to 85% of colorectal cancers could be prevented or successfully treated if everyone who was eligible for a colonoscopy screening actually got screened. In times like these, it's important to keep up with your medical care. Rest assured, we're taking all necessary precautions to sterilize our facilities and protect our patients.
Did You Know?
- New as of 2021, it's recommended that adults have their first colonoscopy at age 45.
- Removal of precancerous polyps by colonoscopy reduces your chance of getting colon cancer by more than 90%.
- 88% of new colon cancer cases occur in patients 50 or older.
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