If you’re age 50 or older, or have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, it’s time to have a colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the nation. It’s also one of the most preventable.
Don’t just detect—prevent colon cancer
Colon cancer often starts as a precancerous growth. You may have heard that colon cancer can be detected through a colonoscopy, but did you know that precancerous polyps can actually be removed during a colonoscopy—preventing cancer from even starting? It’s true. During a colonoscopy, these growths can be detected and removed before they have a chance to grow into cancer. And because these precancerous polyps are slow-growing, you can typically wait five years to have another colonoscopy done if polyps are found and removed. And if there are no high-risk features found during your first colonoscopy—which should be done at age 50 if you don’t have a family history of colon cancer—you can wait 10 years between colonoscopies.
Remove the colonoscopy “myth”
Despite what you may have heard, the colonoscopy procedure is simple, quick and painless. And with advancements in technology, there are better-tasting prep drinks that you need to drink less of. Bottom line, there’s no reason not to do the right thing and get the right care with a colonoscopy if you’re age 50 or older, or have a family history of colon cancer or polyps.
Critically important—at no cost to you
Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, colonoscopy screenings are a covered insurance benefit under most insurance plans, meaning they should be covered at 100%—your deductible should not apply.
A colonoscopy can save your life
If you’re 50 or older and know it’s been longer than it should have been for a colonoscopy, get in touch with us right away at (920) 320-3744. Our caring team will walk you through the entire process and make the experience as easy as possible. After all, this simple procedure could end up saving your life.