If you’re 50 years and older or 45 for African Americans and haven’t done so yet, now is the time to get a colonoscopy.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons you might put it off. You’ve got too much else to do right now… you don’t look forward to the bowel prep… you feel fine and have no reason to think you could get sick someday. But reasons AREN’T excuses, and you know that.
You probably also know that colorectal cancer is one of the most common – but preventable – types of cancer in existence. That’s because colonoscopy allows your doctor to detect and remove pre-cancerous polyps before they can even form into something harmful.
And yet you haven’t gotten screened.
You might also know that colorectal cancer is the SECOND LEADING CAUSE of cancer-related deaths in men and the THIRD-LEADING CAUSE of such deaths in women. You may even be aware of additional risk factors (beyond your age) that could increase your chances of developing colorectal cancer. For example, if you have a blood relative who has had pre-cancerous polyps or colorectal cancer, if you practice a sedentary lifestyle, if you are you obese, or if you smoke – all of these put you at greater risk.
But still – you haven’t gotten screened.
The time for excuses has passed. If you need more convincing, or just more information, talk to your primary care doctor or gastroenterologist today. They can help you understand the tests for colorectal cancer and feel more comfortable about what’s involved.
Because the biggest reason of all for getting screened is YOUR LIFE.
Board-certified gastroenterologist Christina Covelli, MD, is now accepting new patients in her Tavares office. To arrange for a consultation, call (352) 742-2192 or click here to schedule an appointment.