Colon Cancer Screening
The best defense against colorectal cancer is regular colonoscopy screening. It is recommended that routine screening beginning at age 50, earlier for people at higher risk (such as having a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps). Because the screening allows the gastroenterologist direct visual examination of the inside of the entire colon, a colonoscopy is considered the “gold standard” screening method. Any precancerous polyps found during the screening can be immediately removed, preventing their progression to colorectal cancer.
Recommended for people 50 years of age and older, or those with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, a screening colonoscopy is the most accurate method for early detection and prevention of colon cancer.
Granite Peaks Gastroenterology pledged to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in accordance with the 80% and Beyond initiative set forth by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT).
This initiative includes over five hundred organizations that have committed to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Each organization is working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer.