Colon cancer is preventable

Baptist Health Team:

Great post on how you can help prevent colon cancer from Baptist Health Paducah.

Originally posted on Baptist Health Paducah:

GHP-3849 What if you could prevent cancer? The good news is colon cancer may be prevented or cured if detected early with regular screenings.

The bad news is many people don’t take advantage of life-saving screenings.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation, with the mortality rate in Kentucky among the highest, killing nearly 900 people each year. Colon cancer rates in our region are higher than the national average.

Are you at risk?

People with colon polyps or early-stage colon cancer often have no symptoms. For that reason, the American Cancer Society recommends that adults 50 and older should be screened with colonoscopy. Screenings should start at 40 if you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps.

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your colon. It helps find colon polyps, tumors and…

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