Why It’s So Important to Schedule a Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and second most common cause of cancer deaths, but the disease also is preventable and beatable.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 106,180 new cases of colon cancer in the United States this year. That’s why it’s so important to schedule a colonoscopy.

Most people who get colorectal cancer are over age 50, but in the last decade, the rate of colon cancer has increased in younger adults.

Some of the most common colorectal signs and symptoms that you should discuss with your physician include rectal bleeding, blood in your stool, abdominal pain and persistent constipation or diarrhea.

At Cucamonga Valley Medical Group we encourage our patients to speak to their provider about colorectal cancer and ways to prevent the disease.

Our patients often ask when it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy. Here are a few reasons you should:

• If you’re older than 45.
• If you have a personal history of colon polyps or cancer.
• If you have a family history of colon polyps or cancer.
• If you have a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease.
• If you have colon cancer symptoms.
• If you are overweight.
• If you are sedentary.
• If your diet is not healthy.

Remember, your providers at CVMG are here to discuss your concerns about colorectal cancer. We are eager to tell you about the importance of having a colonoscopy. We want to make you comfortable during these important conversations.