Top 5 myths about colonoscopy

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the easiest cancers to cure

 

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the easiest cancers to cure when it’s caught early. The best way to diagnose early colon cancer is through a colonoscopy, recommended for most people beginning at age 50 and earlier for those with a family history of colon cancer. So why don’t more people get a colonoscopy? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is the main reason is fear, which leads to unfounded concerns about colonoscopies. Karen Allen, R.N., OCN, gastrointestinal patient navigator with Norton Cancer Institute, dispels the myths one by one.


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