Written By: Melissa M. Murphy, MD, Executive Chief of Surgery, Care New England Health System; Chief of Surgery, Kent Hospital on March 9, 2022
Are you turning 45 this year? If so, there is an important health screening you should know about. While it’s something most would rather not think about, the American Cancer Society’s colonoscopy screening guidelines recommend starting colon cancer screening at age 45. In this blog, I will talk about your screening options and why it’s so important – specifically for Black Americans.
It is important for physicians to build relationships with their patients and provide them with the data to help the patients make an informed decision about colorectal cancer screening.
Here are some examples of what contributes to a high risk of colon cancer in the Black Community:
Advocate for your health if you have any of these symptoms. But remember, not everyone with colorectal cancer has symptoms which is why screening is SO important.
There are different types of tests to screen someone for colorectal cancer.
How often should you get a colonoscopy? It’s recommended you repeat this screening every 3-10 years - depending on the findings.
B. Virtual Colonoscopy
B. Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
If you are over age 45, have family history of colorectal cancer, or any of the symptoms of colorectal cancer please consult with your primary care provider.
At Care New England we are committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about your colon health and want to make sure we provide care to you in a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment.
Help us beat COLON CANCER. Get screened today!
Disclaimer: While I am a doctor, I am not your doctor. The content in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only and should not serve as medical advice, consultation, or diagnosis. If you have a medical concern, please consult your healthcare provider, or seek immediate medical treatment.
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