With more than 100,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed each year nationwide, Hardin Memorial Health urges regular screenings for those at risk. Colonoscopies can reduce risk of cancer by up to 90 percent as precancerous polyps found during the procedure can be removed before becoming cancer.
“Many patients are fearful of colonoscopies and therefore put off scheduling their screenings, said Dr. Kashif Haider with HMH Medical Group – Digestive Health. “However, once patients understand the value of the test and the truth behind common myths associated with colonoscopies they will be more at ease.”
As March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, HMH seeks to dispel colonoscopy myths to encourage more patients to overcome their fears and schedule their colonoscopy.
Common colonoscopy myths:
HMH urges patients with average colon cancer risk to have a colonoscopy once every 10 years, starting at age 50. Click here for information on other risk factors or on screenings. For questions or to schedule a colonoscopy, contact your primary care provider or HMH.