It's time to put those excuses behind you and make an appointment.
Like many other diseases, colorectal cancer is often a silent condition in its earliest stages. This means you are unlikely to notice any hint of its existence until it has developed far past the point of an easy recovery. If you want to win the war, you'll need to get proactive. Screenings are your number one weapon against many cancers, including colon cancer. But many patients tend to overlook – or flat out avoid – undergoing a colonoscopy. If you're over 50, the time has come. Consider these facts if you are still feeling hesitant.
This isn't your parents' procedure.
You've heard the horror stories about colonoscopies, but don't let fear or discomfort hold you back. Today's technology provides several options for colorectal screenings, and not all of them are as invasive as you think. If you are healthy and at a low-risk, your doctor may recommend something a little more comfortable for you.
You won't feel a thing.
While the idea of a colonoscopy may make you feel uncomfortable, in reality you won't even be aware of the process. Patients are put under for the entire procedure. Complications are extremely rare, and the exam will be performed by a doctor – not a nurse or technician. Preparing for the screening will be your biggest worry.
Screenings could save your life.
If you have your first colonoscopy at age 50, and continue to follow your doctor's recommendations for future testing, you will most likely discover any polyps long before they develop into cancer. If cancer is found, it will be in its earliest, most treatable stage. Abnormal results may be scary – but discovering a problem when it's too late is a nightmare that can usually be avoided.
Don't put it off any longer. Get your first colonoscopy ASAP. Visit http://www.lkmc.com/find-doctor and find a doctor now and make sure your colonoscopy is performed at Lower Keys Medical Center.