GI DISEASES & CONDITIONS
Testing for colorectal cancer should be part of your comprehensive medical care for the following reasons:
All men and women aged 50 and older are at risk for developing colorectal cancer and some individuals are at higher-than-average risk for colorectal cancer. If a patient has a family member who had colorectal cancer or colon polyps, or if the patient has suffered from colitis or colon polyps, he/she may need to begin screening in his/her 30s or 40s.
If you are a woman and have had either breast or uterine cancer you also have a slightly higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.
If your diet is high in fat or low in fiber, if you smoke or drink excessive alcohol, if you do not exercise, or if you are obese you are also at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Your first step in preventing this serious disease is to speak with your physician at NYGA to evaluate your circumstances carefully to fully assess your individual risk for colorectal cancer.
ASGE has produced an educational video dispelling colorectal cancer myths. To learn the facts about this disease from an ASGE doctor, watch the video below.
Studies have shown that African-Americans are more frequently diagnosed with colon cancer at a younger age, leading some experts to suggest that African-Americans should begin screening at age 45. Watch this video and learn the risks.