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What colon cancer month means to our health

What colon cancer month means to our health

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Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men and third among women but a report has found that people who receive colonoscopies to remove growths lower their mortality rate by a staggering 53 percent. Screening for colon cancer can drastically reduce one’s risk of developing this disease because, during a colonoscopy, colon polyps can be found and removed before they have a chance to develop into cancer. Colonoscopies are recommended for men and women in their fifties but your family’s health history should be a consideration to receiving an earlier screening.

Flexible SigmoidoscopyAmong cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

The risk of getting colon cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.

Precancerous polyps and colon cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colon cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important.

You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then keep getting screened regularly until the age of 75. Ask your doctor if you should be screened if you’re older than 75.

Don’t put off getting a colonoscopy. Because early detection decreases the likelihood of cancer you should talk to your doctor today about regular screenings. Regular screenings are performed in out-patient facilities and do not typically require overnight stays.

New York City offers a number of options for getting colonoscopy screenings, including the hospital where Dr. Crespin currently examines patients (Upper Westside GI).

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin, MD

Dr. Crespin has been a practicing gastroenterologist in Manhattan for over ten years. Dr Crespin is a board certified gastroenterologist, who strives to provide the highest quality medical care and services in a compassionate, professional and personalized manner.

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