Early Detection Saves Lives
Gastrointestinal cancers are the most common and lethal cancers. Worldwide, colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the third most common in men. Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women with the highest rate among East Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea).
Getting screened is the first step in preventing gastrointestinal cancers. Regular endoscopies and colonoscopies should begin at age 50 for people with an average risk for developing colon cancer. For those with a family history of polyps or colon cancer, many physicians may recommend starting at age 40.
Those with a high risk include:
- Over age 50
- Polyps, growths inside the colon and rectum that may become cancerous
- A high-fat diet
- Family or personal history of colon cancer
- Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Growth hormone disorder
Several screening options are available at ParkwayHealth, including colonoscopy and endoscopy.
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