At the latest you should be checked by the age of 45 if you have a family history of colon cancer,
Los Angeles/Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) October 06, 2011
In a recent study, published in the September 28, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Austrian researchers found that males were more likely to not only have polyps, pre-cancerous lesions in the colon, but to also have them at an earlier age than females. This study, therefore, suggests that men could benefit from receiving a colonoscopy at an earlier age than women.
The Gastrointestinal Department at La Peer Health Systems recommends that both males and females should have their first colonoscopy by the age of 50 and repeat the procedure every five years, in order to properly monitor colon health. However, this is just a general screening guideline and there are some individuals who need to start screening at an even younger age.
Those with a family history of colon cancer should start having colonoscopies at the age of 40. Having a family history of colon cancer means that either one person from your first-degree family (parent, sibling or child) or two people from your second-degree family (cousin, aunt or uncle) had colon cancer. La Peer’s Dr. Siamak Tabib tells patients with a family history of colon cancer to find out the age of the family member when he or she was diagnosed, and to subtract that age by 10 to determine what age they should begin getting checked. “At the latest you should be checked by the age of 45 if you have a family history of colon cancer,” said Dr. Tabib.
Additionally, La Peer doctors recommend that African Americans start screening for colon cancer at 45 years old instead of 50 years old because they have a higher incidence rate for developing polyps at a younger age.
Approximately 5% of the US population will develop colon or rectal cancer if screening colonoscopies are not performed. The goal of a colonoscopy is to prevent colon cancer by removing pre-cancerous polyps, look for the early signs of colon cancer, or diagnose other colon health problems. When colon cancer is found early, in the majority of cases it can be cured. At La Peer Health Systems, our doctors offer easy and more comfortable colonoscopy techniques to facilitate patients during the procedure.
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