Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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Madison Regional Health System offers preventative measures that one can take in order to avert colorectal cancer. These measures include the most common method – a colonoscopy.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During this procedure, a long, flexible tube with a tiny video camera at the tip is inserted into the rectum allowing the physician to view the inside of the entire colon. If necessary, Polyps or other abnormal tissue can be removed during the procedure.

Who should have a colonoscopy?

For the general population (those of average risk for colorectal cancer) are advised that the first screening should begin at age 50. Rates of colorectal cancer have been declining among adults 50 years and older, but rates have been increasing among adults under the age of 50.

Who is at a higher risk for colorectal cancer?

People at increased or high risk of colorectal cancer might need to start screening before the age of 45. This includes people with:

  • A strong family history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps
  • A personal history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps
  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
  • A known family history of a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome such as a familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC)
  • A personal history of radiation to the abdomen (belly) or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer
Dr. Robert Summerer

Dr. Robert Summerer General Surgeon

Dr. Justin Clem

Dr. Justin Clem Family Practice

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