Why is getting a colonoscopy important?
Question: Why is getting a colonoscopy important?
Dr. Battish: Colonoscopy is important because it is a potentially life-saving procedure that can prevent the development of colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. This year, 50,000 people are expected to die of colorectal cancer. Screening with colonoscopy could save more than half of these lives.
Colonoscopy does not only find colon cancer but can prevent it by removal of polyps, which are abnormal, precancerous growths in the colon. If polyps are found, they can be removed during colonoscopy, which halts their progression to colon cancer. Typically, colonoscopy is recommended for anyone over age 50, but individuals with increased risk should consult with their doctors.*
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Raman Battish, M.D., is Medical Director of Gastroenterology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® in Philadelphia. He has completed fellowships in Gastroenterology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, and in Advanced Endoscopy at University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his clinical experience, he was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Battish is a Diplomate in both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, and actively contributes to medical publications.
* This content is provided and sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America ®. The information is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.