Colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable
when detected early
Yet colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and women combined in the U.S. The unfounded fears of procedure preparation and pain and embarrassment during the screening cause too many adults over age 50 to postpone their fight against the disease.
Are you 50 or older?
Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms which is why screening is so important. And it can be cured, if detected early.
The physicians of ProHealth Care recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. During a colonoscopy, a gastroenterologist uses a scope to view the inside of your colon for polyps or evidence of cancer. The procedure is viewed as the best option because polyps can be detected and removed at the same time – often before they become cancerous. The exam takes about 30 minutes to complete and requires preparation to ensure the full colon is cleansed the day before the test.
Colonoscopies can be scheduled at:
- Lake Country Endoscopy Center (within the ProHealth Oconomowoc Physician Center)
- ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
- ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital
Other screening options are available for men and women 50 to 75 years of age who are at average risk. Talk with your primary care physician to learn about the screening that is appropriate for you.
Other screening options include:
- Fecal occult blood test (every 12 months; screens for cancer only)
- ColoGuard stool-based test (every three years; screens for cancer only)
- Double-contrast barium enema (every five years; screens for cancer and polyps, but cannot remove polyps)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy (every five years; screens for cancer and polyps, but only in the lower portion of the colon)
Need help finding a physician?
Our physician referral specialists can recommend a primary care physician or specialist based on your needs and preferences.
Call 262-928-2745 or visit ProHealthCare.org/Doctors.