Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in the United States—nearly 90% preventable with colonoscopy. Despite this, it is the second leading cause of cancer death, affecting more than 29,000 men and women in this country each year. NorthShore Gastroenterologist, Monica Borkar, MD, provides a list of risk factors that affect the development of colon polyps—and thereby, colon cancer—including:
National guidelines recommend that individuals with a lack of the risk factors listed above undergo colonoscopy at age 50. Colonoscopy for colon cancer screening—a 20-minute procedure—is the most important test to check for polyps and cancer, even before symptoms arise, and leads to prompt diagnosis and treatment with an excellent survival rate.
Are you surprised by any of the risk factors listed above?