Memorial Minute - April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

March is national Colon Cancer Awareness month. March is now over – but did you take time to schedule your colonoscopy? Colon cancer is one of most preventable forms of cancer when detected early, and one of the most deadly forms of cancer when left undetected. Beginning at age 50, the American College of Gastroenterology recommends getting screened for colon cancer at least every 10 years. Or, if you are African-American, screenings should start at age 45, and if you have an immediate relative with colon cancer, regular screenings are recommended starting at the age of 40. A colonoscopy can detect abnormalities of the large intestine at an early stage, when your provider has a much better chance of curing or preventing disease. If you are due for a colonoscopy, don’t delay another year – schedule yours today. 

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