Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S. Yet if discovered early, it can be up to 90% curable.
Should I be screened?
- Are you 50 or over and never had a screening exam?
- Has it been 10 years since your last exam?
- Do you have a family history of polyps / cancer?
- If you answer yest to any of these questions, you should consider being screened for colon cancer. It could save your life.
What Are the Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer?
Several tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer. Some are used alone; others are used in combination with each other. Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you.
- Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
- Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years)
- How can I pay for Colorectal Screening?
Colorectal screenings are covered by most insurance plans and Medicare. Check with your individual plan to find out if colon cancer screenings are covered and how often they may be performed. To find out about Medicare coverage, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Dr. John Moore with MANA Gastroenterology discusses colon cancer screening and detection.