Dr. Bradley Stokes, family practice provider at Peak Vista, talks about the importance of screening for colon cancer.
Colonoscopy is the most often recommended test for colon cancer. It Involves a prep, sedation and a camera that is run throughout the colon to look for cancerous lesions. Current guidelines recommend you begin getting screened at age 50 then every ten years following. You may be screened more often if you have a family history of colon cancer. The FIT Test and Cologuard Test are also used to screen for colon cancer.
Dr. Stokes recommends everyone, regardless race, ethnicity or gender get screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50 years old. No one is immune and colon cancer is one of the most treatable cancers when caught early.
Talk to your provider to learn what screenings are right for you.