Why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about getting a colonoscopy
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US and rates are increasing – even in younger people. Here’s the thing: colon cancer is highly treatable, and early screening through colonoscopy can cut your risk from the disease by up to 90 percent.
When to get screened for colon cancer
The American Cancer Society now recommends screening for colon cancer beginning at age 45—sometimes younger, depending on your family history. There are options, but a colonoscopy is the best test for finding precancerous polyps and the only test that allows for removal of polyps during the actual exam.
So if you are 45 or older, or have a family history of colon cancer, talk to your primary care physician (PCP) about colon cancer screening. Your PCP can explain your options and refer you to our practice.
Insurance covers preventive colon cancer screening
Preventive colon cancer screenings are often covered 100% by your health insurance. Colonoscopies as a result of symptoms are considered a diagnostic exam, which can entail deductibles, copays or co-insurance. So it’s a good idea to call your insurance company in advance to find out what kinds of costs — if any — you may face given your situation.
Learn more about colonoscopies
To find out more about colonoscopies and what to expect when you schedule a procedure, see our Understanding Colonoscopy page.