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Colonoscopy

Colon and rectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. And it occurs most often in people older than 50.

When it is found early, it is easily treated and often cured. But because it usually is not found early, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

When should you get screened?

The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50.

Screening tests can prevent this cancer, but fewer than half of people older than 50 are screened. According to the American Cancer Society, if everyone were tested, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year. Starting at age 50, women should receive a colonoscopy at least every 10 years.

If a parent or sibling was diagnosed with colon cancer before age 60—or if you have two first-degree relatives diagnosed at any age—earlier monitoring is recommended. Women with a strong family history should schedule a colonoscopy, at age 40 or 10 years before the age your youngest relative was diagnosed, whichever comes first.

Even if you don't have a family history, women with inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease may need screening as often as every one to two years beginning about eight years after diagnosis. We will care for your digestive health needs.

Having one colonoscopy every 10 years reduces the risk for colon cancer by as much as 60 percent. That's because the test finds both early cancers and benign polyps, small growths that have the potential to become malignant. Remove the polyps and you've instantly cut your risk.

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Woman’s offers screening colonoscopies and a full range of endoscopy services all in a private setting before and after your procedure.

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