By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
April 27, 2016
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out more about colorectal cancer screenings and who should get them.

Are you turning 50 years old this year? If so, it might be time to give yourself the gift of prevention and schedule a colonoscopy with your colorectal cancer preventionNewport Beach, CA gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn Madokoro.

Who should get screened?

Anyone over the age of 50 or older should be getting routine screenings from their GI doctor in Newport Beach. Those who are at risk of developing colorectal cancer may need to get screened earlier. We are happy to help determine when and how often you should get screened.

Who is at risk for colorectal cancer?

There are several factors that can put you at risk for developing this form of cancer including:

  • Personal history of adenomatous polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Family history of colorectal cancer (particularly if it’s a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed)
  • Age (risk will increase throughout a person’s life as they get older)
  • Obesity
  • A diet high in fat, as well as processed or red meat
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking or excessive alcohol intake
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

If you have one or more factors then it’s time to call our Newport Beach, CA office today to schedule an appointment with our gastroenterologist.

What is involved in a colorectal cancer screening?

While there are a few different screening tests available the best one for detecting cancerous and precancerous growths is a colonoscopy. Of course, some people decide not to get screened despite needing to because they may be embarrassed or scared about the procedure. But this procedure is performed while you are sedated, so you shouldn’t worry about it being uncomfortable. But we understand that this can be a stressful time and our goal is to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible so feel free to talk to us about ways to make your test easier on you. Remember: this test could just save your life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 22 million adults ages 50-75 still need to be tested. Are you part of that 22 million? If so, then it’s time to call our Newport Beach, CA gastroenterology office today.

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