As a medical billing company, we see the benefits of colorectal screenings and the fact that they can save lives. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second highest cause of cancer deaths in this country. If you are at the age of 50 to 75, you can receive a screening colonoscopy regularly every 10 years. If there is a family history of colon cancer in your family, you may be at higher risk and may require more frequent testing. Talk to your doctor to see when and how often you should get checked and what options are the best for you. An early detection can allow for effective treatment; self-awareness can decrease mortality rates.
The chance of developing colorectal cancer may be increased by these risk factors: smoking, lack of physical activity, unhealthy lifestyle, obesity, heavy alcohol consumption. Some of the gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease could also be the reason in developing this type of cancer. However, the major risk factors are a family history, older age and certain inherited conditions.
Colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. From being aware, making healthy choices and getting screened, you can reduce your risk and prevent this disease.