Sam Wood, a writer for Philly.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer, recently spoke with Dr. Mitchell Conn, a gastroenterologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, about the different types of colon cancer screening.
In the article, Wood reported early detection can prevent most deaths attributable to [colon cancer]and American Cancer Society strongly recommends screening for everyone between age 50 and 75.For patients with a family history of the disease, the ACS recommends screening starting at age 40.
But what is the best way to get screened?
“Any form of colorectal screening that’s been approved is reasonable,” said Dr. Conn. “But someone who already has symptoms needs to have a more thorough procedure to evaluate the colon.”
The article recommends discussing your options with your doctor to find out screening works best for you.