Do you need to be screened for colon cancer?
Your chances of getting colon cancer are not just a matter of luck. Screening can
prevent cancer by finding and removing polyps, where cancer begins. Most colon
cancers have no symptoms in the early stages and screening can find early cancer tumors
when treatment has the best chance of success.
Each year, about 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer and 58,000
people die. Yet, this cancer is curable with early detection. Studies show that routine check
ups for colon cancer and early detection can save lives. Death from colon cancer can be reduced
by 90% with screening.