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Colonoscopy Screening Recommendations
When should I begin getting regular colonoscopies?
Colorectal cancers almost always develop from precancerous polyps, which are abnormal growths found in the colon or rectum. Fortunately, regular colorectal cancer screenings can detect these polyps early, when the chance for a full recovery is high. Regular colorectal screenings should begin at age 50, but if you have a family or personal history of colorectal cancer, your physician may request screenings at an earlier age. Although screenings are the best way to prevent colorectal cancers, studies suggest that maintaining a healthy weight and physical activity can also lower your risk. Unlike other cancers, many cases of colorectal cancers occur in patients with no known risk factors, making regular screenings even more important.
Dr. Pallavi Rastogi
Board certified in Medical Oncology
Now seeing patients at the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital and the Main Line Health Center in Collegeville
If you have additional questions about colonoscopies or screening guidelines, make an appointment with your physician.
Main Line Health Center in Collegeville 599 Arcola Road Collegeville, PA 19426
Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital Medical Office Building 3 255 W. Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
The information provided is for general informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis. We urge you to discuss any current health related problems you are experiencing, or any questions or concerns you may have about your health, with a healthcare professional. The views expressed are that of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Main Line Health, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Membership on the medical staff of Main Line Hospitals does not constitute employment or agency relationship.