How to Re­duce Your Risk

The Covington News - - BREAST CANCER -

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.

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