How often should I have a colonoscopy?
If you have had a colonoscopy and have been diagnosed with colon polyps, you should have a colonoscopy every 3 years. If you have no polyps then you should have a colonoscopy every 5 years. If you suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, you should discuss when you should have your next colonoscopy with your doctor.
Doesn’t colon cancer only happen to senior citizens?
Colon cancer can strike at any age – and recent studies indicate rates are rising in younger populations. Read these articles for more information.
- The Augusta Chronicle: article
- Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation: article
What is screening, and why is it important?
Screening is the process of attempting to detect an ailment before symptoms appear. A colonoscopy screens for colorectal cancer, and can avoid the patient ever becoming a cancer victim in the first place.
Find out more on the importance of screening in this article from Dr. Oz.
What sort of diet can help prevent colon cancer?
The risk of developing colon cancer can be reduced by making some simple dietary improvements. Always consult your doctor to be sure any dietary changes are right for you.
- eat less red meat
- avoid processed meats with nitrates
- maintain a high-fibre diet
- consider calcium supplements and baby aspirin
What are the signs of colon cancer?
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you should consult your doctor and discuss the option of a colonoscopy:
- sudden changes in bowel habits
- narrowing of the stool
- blood in the stool
- severe and/or chronic constipation
- abdominal pain
I’ve heard that aspirin can help prevent colon cancer. Is this true?
Evidence suggest that a small daily dose, such as that found in baby aspirin, may help prevent colorectal cancer. Here are some resources on the topic: