March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society
recommends that, beginning at age 50, both men and women be screened for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer risk increases with age, with more than 90 percent of cases diagnosed in individuals age 50 and older. A personal or family history of the disease also increases your risk.
Regular preventive screenings are an important part of maintaining good health. A colonoscopy is the most important tool in the screening, diagnosis and prevention of colorectal and rectal cancers. Some people may be reluctant to have a colonoscopy because they are embarrassed or afraid it might be painful. It is important to remember a colonoscopy is a private and usually painless procedure that can take less than 30 minutes. It is also largely preventable, so don’t delay, make an appointment for this important screening procedure.
If you have questions about colonoscopy screenings or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your primary care provider. If you don't have a primary care provider, call our physician referral line (PRN Line) at 1-800-863-5241 and a representative will direct you to a physician.