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Why Is a Colon Cancer Screening Important?

Find out how this screening saves lives. 

Once you reach 45 years old, you’ll probably hear our Salt Lake City, UT, colorectal surgeons Dr. Michelle Murday, Dr. Joseph Melvin, and Dr. Abby Crume say that you need a colon cancer screening. This screening is a preventive tool that helps our team detect colon polyps early on, sometimes before they even have the chance to develop into cancer. Screenings are important for both men and women between the ages of 45-75 years old. Have you gotten yours yet?

How to Prevent Colon Cancer 

Did you know that the best way to protect against colon cancer is to turn to our Salt Lake City, UT, colorectal surgeons for routine screenings? A colonoscopy is the most effective tool that we have for catching problems in the intestinal tract early on when they are far easier to treat. Most people don’t experience symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer, but this test can still detect the disease even in the earliest stage.

Remove Polyps 

Most colon polyps develop slowly, which means that it can take up to 10 or even 15 years before the polyp turns cancerous. During your routine colon cancer screening or colonoscopy, we can easily detect and even remove polyps during this screening before they turn into cancer.

Catch Cancer Early 

While the goal should always be to put preventive health measures including screenings in place to protect your health, sometimes colorectal cancer can still develop. When it does, coming in for routine colonoscopies can help catch it early when it’s highly curable. Coming in every 10 years (or more often, if you have a high risk for colorectal cancer) could just save your life.

Know Your Risk 

While everyone should get routine colon cancer screenings from our Salt Lake City, UT, colorectal surgeons by the age of 45 years old, it’s also important to recognize certain risk factors that may mean needing to come in earlier in life or to come in more regularly for colon cancer screenings. Risk factors for colorectal cancer include,

  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Been diagnosed with irritable bowel diseases such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis
  • Personal history of colorectal polyps
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Low-fiber, high-fat diet

Protect yourself from colon cancer by scheduling a screening with our Salt Lake City, UT, colorectal surgeons at Associates in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Call us today at (801) 263-1621.

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