Q: I’m about to turn 50, and my wife says I need to get a colonoscopy. Is she right?
Colonoscopies are an important way for doctors to catch cancer in its early stages—that’s when treatment is the most successful. Once you turn 50, most experts recommend that you have the procedure at least once every 10 years (get checked earlier and more frequently if you or a family member has a history of cancer or polyps).
Each year, more than 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed, and around 50,000 people will die of the disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that 65 percent of these deaths could be prevented by regular colonoscopies. (more…)