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How Can a Colonoscopy Prevent Colon Cancer?

  • Updated: February 26, 2020

    Over 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented with screening.

    Colorectal cancer almost always develops from abnormal growths in the lining of the colon called polyps. These polyps have the potential to grow slowly over time and become cancerous. During a routine colonoscopy, polyps can be removed before they turn into cancer or before they grow through the lining of the colon.

    Take a look at exactly how this common screening test can remove precancerous polyps before they become a problem:

    When should you get your first colonoscopy?

    While the recommended age to start colorectal cancer screening is between 45-50, some people with a history of bowel conditions or cancer in their family should start screening earlier. It’s important to have a conversation with your physician about when to start screening.

    If you are due for a colonoscopy, make an appointment with one of the gastroenterologists at Fox Chase.