To Learn more about your risk for Colorectal Cancer, download our Family Tree Tool: Family_Health_Tree (1).pdf
A colonoscopy is a procedure allowing the physician to see the lining of the colon and look for problems such as tumors, polyps, infections and inflammation. It is possible to perform biopsies or other procedures on the inside lining of the colon if an abnormality is found. A colonoscopy is an important tool in the screening of patients for colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps as well as the diagnosis and treatment on other non-cancerous conditions of the colon.
Most people should have their first screening colonoscopy to look for precancerous polyps at the age of 50. Screening colonoscopy should be done every 10 years unless pre-cancerous polyps are found or other conditions exist that increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
If you have relatives with colon cancer or other conditions that increase your risk of developing colon cancer, screening may start earlier. Your primary care physician can help you determine when you should start screening.
Having a screening colonoscopy and follow-up as needed is especially important if you have any of these health or lifestyle risk factors:
Check Out The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program:
Diabetes often can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising. The Henry County YMCA is addressing the diabetes epidemic in Henry County with an evidence-based program developed by the national YMCA for people who are at risk of developing diabetes. The first class had six participants who attended classes on diabetes and prevention, exercised at the YMCA, lost weight and developed friendships and a support system. Lives were changed physically, mentally and emotionally as confidence was boosted to take steps to make personal lifestyle changes. A new class is now forming. Contact Kelsay Smith at 529-3804 Ext. 2 or at firstname.lastname@example.org