Detecting Colon Cancer Early: The Role of Screening Tests in Prevention

Colon cancer is a prevalent and potentially life-threatening disease. However, with early detection through screening tests, it is often highly treatable. Understanding the importance of screening and the available options can significantly impact prevention and treatment outcomes. Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, can explain colon cancer screenings and the importance of prevention methods.

Why Early Colon Cancer Detection Matters

Colon cancer often develops from precancerous polyps, which are abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps can become cancerous if left untreated. Detecting and removing these polyps before they turn into cancer or identifying cancer in its early stages when it’s most treatable can save lives.

The most common form of colon cancer screening from your gastroenterologist in Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, is known as colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a healthcare provider to examine the entire colon and rectum using a long, flexible tube with a camera. This allows your gastroenterologist to have a comprehensive view of the colon and remove any polyps they may find.

Most guidelines recommend starting screening at age 45-50 for average-risk individuals. In some cases, you may have more risk factors for colon cancer, and you may need screenings early or more often. This includes if you have a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of colon cancer. If you deal with inflammatory bowel disease, you may need to get screened early as well. The earlier signs of colon cancer are detected, the easier it typically is to treat and remove.

Contact Our Gastroenterologist Today

Make sure you understand how a colon cancer screening can save your life. Contact Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, to learn more about colon cancer and when a screening is needed. Call for more information and to schedule your appointment today at (908) 788-8200.

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