While the thought of getting a colonoscopy makes some people queasy, it shouldn’t prevent you from getting being screened for colon cancer, rectal cancer, or other colorectal diseases. Regular screening is recommended for:

  • Everyone age 50 and older
  • People with a family history of colorectal cancer
  • African Americans over the age of 45

Avoiding colonoscopy is a major reason why colon cancer -- a preventable, treatable, and potentially curable disease -- is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Colonoscopy screenings can find colon cancer before it progresses to a life-threatening stage. The cure rate for early-stage colon cancer is as high as 90 percent.