Colorectal cancer screening that is performed routinely has the ability to save many lives according to a study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers studied 2,600 patients over a 23 year period and found that the death rate was cut by more than 50 percent when screening was used and polyps were removed as quickly as possible.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in America for both men and women.
Because colorectal cancers produce no symptoms routine screening is extremely important in fighting the disease. While symptoms are typically not noticed the later stages of the cancer are extremely hard to fight and therefore often fatal.
Researchers note that the chance of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer increases after the age of 50 which means screening should be performed regularly by that age with regular checkups at least every 10 years. If polyps are discovered researchers should then perform screenings at early stages, typically within three to five year periods.
If you come from a family with a history of cancer it is also suggested that you start screening early, typically by the age of 40 and then every ten years proceeding that age.
A Colonoscopy is the most commonly recommended cancer prevention test because it can not only detect cancer but also remove polyps.
Doctors also recommend that patients avoid smoking, exercise regularly and take part in a healthy diet that provides balanced meals as much as possible.