Colorectal cancer occurs in the large intestine (colon) and is one of the most common cancers in men and women. Additionally, it is one of the leading causes of death from cancer. While it is the most common cause of death from cancer, it is also the most preventable type of cancer when detected early. This is why colon cancer screenings are so important and have proven to reduce death from colon cancer.
Who Should Be Screened For Colon Cancer?
- Men and women 40 years of age or older, at least once every 10 years
- If polyps are found in your first colonoscopy
- If you have a family history or colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps, consult with a doctor about receiving a screening before age 40
How Can Colon Cancer Be Prevented?
Colon cancer can be prevented through regular screenings. All individuals 40 years of age or older should receive a colon cancer screening. After the first screening is done, colonoscopies should be scheduled every certain amount of years (depending on the findings from previous colonoscopies).
If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps, then early screening is advised. Timing should be discussed with your gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks.
Certain behaviors such as tobacco use and weight loss if obese can lower your risk of colorectal cancer.
Contact Us For Colon Cancer Screening in Thousand Oaks
If you would like to schedule an appointment for colon cancer screening or would simply like more information, contact our team today. Our gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks is here to help provide you with the best preventative measures.