The Big Change in Cancer Screening You Need to Know About

March 22, 2024

The Big Change in Cancer Screening You Need to Know About

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Let’s talk about something serious but important: colorectal cancer. It’s a sneaky disease that can grow without showing many signs until it’s too late. But guess what? We have a secret weapon: colonoscopies.

These are simple tests where doctors check your colon for any trouble spots, like polyps, that could turn into cancer. And here’s the twist: experts used to recommend starting these checks at age 50, but now they say to start at 45. Why? Because more and more younger people are getting colorectal cancer, and we want to catch it early.

The good news is, most insurance plans cover these tests, so you don’t have to worry about the cost. And you know what’s even better? You don’t have to face this alone. Your primary care provider at Hegg Medical Clinic in Rock Valley, Iowa, can help. Just give them a call at (712) 476-8100, and they’ll guide you through it.

Here are a few reasons why scheduling a colonoscopy is a smart move:

  1. Early Detection: Catching colorectal cancer early means better chances of successful treatment.
  2. Prevention: Removing polyps during a colonoscopy can prevent them from turning into cancer.
  3. Peace of Mind: Knowing you’re in the clear can lift a weight off your shoulders.
  4. Family History: If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, it’s especially important to get checked. In fact, your provider may even recommend an earlier screening – 10 years earlier than the age of your immediate relative’s original diagnosis.
  5. Age: With the new guidelines recommending screening at 45, it’s time to make it part of your health routine.

Remember, staying healthy is all about catching problems early. So, don’t wait. Talk to your Hegg primary care provider and schedule your colonoscopy. It could save your life.