The only screening that can prevent cancer

Colon cancer screening tests can detect cancer in your body before you start having symptoms. The experts at Roswell Park recommend that everyone at average risk for colon cancer begin screenings at age 45. But if you have a higher risk of colon cancer, such as family history, you may want to start screening early.

You have a few different screening options to check for colon cancer, including:

  • Stool-based screening tests, such as Cologuard, check your stool for DNA changes or blood
  • A colonoscopy, which uses a flexible camera inserted through your anus to examine your colon for polyps

Colonoscopies are the gold standard in colon cancer screening. Not only do they allow your doctor to examine your colon, but they can also remove any suspicious polyps. That means they can actually prevent colon cancer by stopping polyps from becoming cancer.

How You Can Prevent Colon Cancer

In addition to getting your recommended colonoscopy, you can take other steps to reduce your risk for colon cancer. You can:

  • Avoid tobacco products and smoking
  • Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women
  • Eat a high-fiber diet with lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit how much fat and red meat you eat
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get regular physical activity

At Ellis Medicine, our doctors can help you understand your risk for colon cancer. We will work with you to plan your screenings and lower your risk with a healthy lifestyle.

Life-saving cancer care, nearby in your community.

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