The American Cancer Society recommends that all Americans age 45 and over be screened for colon cancer even if they feel fine. People with a history of colon cancer or colonic polyps in their family may need to be screened at a younger age. In addition, anyone having symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or weight loss may need to be checked before age 45.
Studies have shown that up to 90% of all cases of colon cancer could be prevented by proper screening. Most colon cancers develop from benign non-cancerous growths called polyps. By undergoing a test called colonoscopy, polyps can be removed before they develop into a cancer. In this manner, colon cancer can be prevented.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure. Sedation is given during the procedure so most people report minimal or no discomfort during the procedure.
The physicians at Hackensack Digestive Disease Associates are all board-certified, University-trained gastroenterologists with expertise in performing colonoscopy.
Please note: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only. The information may or may not apply to any individual patient. Absolutely no guarantees are made as to the success of any evaluation/treatment program. Specifically, while colon cancer can be prevented in many cases, it cannot be prevented in all cases even with ideal testing and treatment.