COLUMBUS – The Columbus Community Hospital is stressing the importance of getting a colonoscopy through a brand new campaign.
The screening campaign focuses on mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers by urging them to get screened for colon cancer for the benefit of their loved ones. Current guidelines say that people over the age of 50 should begin screening for the disease, but some organizations recommend screening to begin at age 45 for people at average risk.
CCH is encouraging community members to start the conversation before they turn 40 by talking to their primary care doctor about their risk of developing colon cancer. Colonoscopies can help find and remove polyps before they turn into cancer, and CCH says they have experienced surgeons who are ready to help.
Other reasons to schedule a colonoscopy include:
- If someone is experiencing symptoms such as blood in his/her stool, bleeding from the rectum, unexplained weight loss, or change in bowel habits.
- If someone has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).
- If a person’s parents or immediate family members have had polyps.
- If someone has a family history of colon cancer or a genetic syndrome like Lynch syndrome (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) or FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis).
More information about colon cancer screenings and colonoscopies can be found at http://www.columbushosp.org. Those interested in scheduling an interview with a surgeon can contact the Columbus Community Hospital Marketing Department.