Colon cancer, while preventable when caught early, is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, Arizona Digestive Health invites you to take the time to understand your risk factors for colon cancer and, if appropriate, schedule a colonoscopy screening.
Colon Cancer initially forms as a small polyp growing on the wall of the large intestine, which after years of growth could develop into cancer. There are many types of polyps and not all will become cancerous, but with regular colonoscopies you and your gastroenterologist will be able to prevent and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Colonoscopy screenings are recommended for individuals aged 50 and over, or younger if you have symptoms or family history of colon cancer.
Healthy, age-appropriate individuals may also be interested in our Open Access Colonoscopy program available at some locations. This program allows qualifying patients to schedule a colonoscopy procedure, usually without the need for a pre-procedure visit. Please see our website for more information about the Open Access Colonoscopy program.