Colon and rectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US today with nearly 140,000 new cases per year. Most cases are not related to family history. You can reduce your risk for colon and rectal cancer if you eat foods high in fiber, stay physically active, and avoid smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and obesity.
Screening with colonoscopy for colon and rectal cancer is the most common diagnostic procedure and it is generally recommended to begin screening at the age of 50. Colonoscopy is performed routinely by gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons. Colonoscopy maybe a difficult topic to discuss but don’t die of embarrassment! Ask your doctor about screening for colon and rectal cancer today.
Theodoros Voloyiannis, MD, FACS FASCRS
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Memorial Hermann Medical Group Colon and Rectal Surgery Southeast
Clinical Assistant Professor in Surgery, UTHealth Science Center at Houston