When it comes to colon cancer, routine screenings along with new surgical techniques are making incredible strides.
In fact, the cure rate is nearly 100 percent with screenings and today’s tools.
The main symptoms of colon cancer include blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits and abdominal pain but almost 80 percent of patients with colon cancer have no symptoms at all.
That’s why doctors say the screenings are so important.
People with a family history of colorectal cancers should be screened at age 40.
Otherwise, the recommendation is to have your first colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years after that.
Lifestyle choices can also reduce your risk for colon cancer.
A diet rich in fiber is important and a daily baby aspirin has also been shown to dramatically reduce risk for the cancer.