How to Reduce Your Risk
Having a colonoscopy isn’t something people get excited about, but preventing colon cancer before it starts should be. Colon cancer is ranked as the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and one in 20 people will develop it in their lifetime. But, when detected in its early stages during a colonoscopy, colon cancer is one of the most highly treatable and preventable cancers. In fact, research has shown that many colon cancer deaths could have been prevented with a screening colonoscopy.
The board certified physicians at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates (AGA) perform this procedure regularly at AGA-affiliated out-
Take these steps now to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer:
Follow the recommended guidelines to schedule a colon cancer screening Eat a balanced diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables Maintain a healthy weight Don’t smoke Know your family’s cancer history Don’t ignore symptoms patient endoscopy centers as well as area hospitals.
Because early detection and removal of polyps during a colonoscopy can actually prevent the disease, screening colonoscopies are recommended for everyone beginning at age 50 and younger for those with a family history or other risk factors. While there is evidence that more people are getting screened than in previous years, one in three adults ages 50 or older are not getting this life-saving test.
If it’s time for your screening colonoscopy and you’re in good health, you may be able to schedule your procedure directly – without a pre-procedure visit. When you make your appointment, ask about our Direct Access Program.