Why You Need Regular Colon Cancer Screenings

Why You Need Regular Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer is among the most common cancers in the United States, but it’s also one of the most treatable. That’s why regular colon cancer screenings are so important. In this blog post, the specialists at Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates will explore four reasons why you need to make colon cancer screenings a part of your routine health care. Read on, then visit us in Honesdale or Blakely, PA.


Early Detection Saves Lives

Colon cancer often begins as a small polyp that grows over time. These polyps can be detected during a colonoscopy; if found early, they are typically removed before they become cancerous. But when left undetected, colon cancer can spread to other parts of the body, making it more difficult to treat successfully.


Screening Is Recommended as You Age

It’s recommended that both men and women who are at average risk for colon cancer begin regular screening at age 45. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent screenings.


Minimal Discomfort

Many people are hesitant to schedule a colon cancer screening because they fear it will be uncomfortable. But the truth is, advances in medical technology have made screenings simpler and less invasive than ever before. At Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates, we make every effort to ensure patient comfort during a colonoscopy.


Reduces the Cost of Healthcare

Early detection and treatment of colon cancer can significantly reduce overall healthcare costs. That’s because, when caught in its early stages, colon cancer is much easier to treat. As a result, there won’t be any concern over spending thousands of dollars on long-term treatments for late-stage colon cancer.

Now that you understand the importance of routine colon cancer screenings, it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy with Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates. Contact us today for an appointment.

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