More than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year — making it the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States.
As a pathologist, I diagnose colon cancer and other diseases on a daily basis. I know that colon cancer is often treatable if caught early. By receiving regular colon cancer screening tests, precancerous polyps can be detected before they develop into cancer. I encourage all men and women over the age of 50 with an average risk for developing colon cancer to receive a yearly fecal occult blood test, plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. African-Americans are at an increased risk for developing the disease and should consider screening at age 45.
I strongly encourage you to take a proactive role in your healthcare by scheduling a reminder that can help you stay one step ahead of this disease. Understanding your illness will help you make informed decisions about your treatment options.
Luis Rey, Florida Pathology Services, HialeahCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times