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If you’re 50 to 75, you’re at risk for colon cancer. Even if you don’t have symptoms, family history or a bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, you are still at risk.
Still, many people are reluctant to have a colonoscopy – the only way to find out if you have colon cancer.
“I have heard nearly every excuse for not getting one,” said Jason Perey, MD, of Shiland Family Medicine-Fort Mill, part of Carolinas HealthCare System. “But, the fact is, colonoscopies are very effective at detecting colon cancer.”
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable kinds of cancer. “I usually ask my reluctant patients if they’d rather be uncomfortable for a couple of hours or have cancer that may go undetected until it’s too late,” Dr. Perey said.
Prep for the procedure, and the procedure itself, have gotten better over time. Take a look at the improvements!
Because the procedure is quick, you won’t have to miss a lot of work. Doctors recommend you take off the day of the procedure since you may be a little groggy afterward. Carolinas HealthCare System now offers Saturday appointments, as well.
The primary care doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System can help you fight disease and stay healthy.
Call 844-881-2180 or complete an online request form to find a doctor near you.