Regular colonoscopy exams are one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colon cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
A colonoscopy can detect precancerous growths which can be removed before they develop into cancer. Regular screening can also find colon cancer early, when it is highly curable.
The recommended age to begin testing is 50. However, if there is a history of colon cancer in the family, it may be advisable to begin testing early.
And, these lifesaving tests are covered by most insurance plans.