You and Your Colon are Luckier than You Think Almost fifty years ago something wonderful happened that would prove lucky for every child then alive. Sliced bread? Nope. Polio vaccine? Wrong again. In 1969 colonoscopies were first used to search for colorectal cancers and polyps. By the time kindergartners of the time reached middle age, this test would be part of routine cancer screening for everyone over the age of fifty
Though we may feel a bit down on our luck the evening prior to our colonoscopies, we are in fact very fortunate to have access to this life-saving procedure. More than 50,000 Americans die from colon cancer each year. Of cancers that affect both men and women, it is the second leading cause of cancer death; being outdone only by lung cancer. This is a particular shame as the majority of colon cancers develop from polyps over the course of many years. Removing pre-cancerous polyps during colonoscopy prevents this progression. Likewise diagnosing and treating cancers in their early stages can be lifesaving.
So, for those of you turning fifty this year, it's time to start colorectal cancer screening. This Saint Patrick's day pick up the phone and ask your doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy. For more information click on the links below.