A Colonoscopy Could Save Your Life!

I have been performing colonoscopies at Pioneer Memorial Hospital (PMH) since 2008, and it has been a priority service we offer at Morrow County Health District for a number of reasons. Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States in both men and women. Unfortunately, it is also the third most common leading cause of cancer deaths.

Here is the good news: there are many ways to lower your risk!

A healthy diet and regular exercise go a long way with colon health, but if you are over the age of 45, have a history of cancer elsewhere in your body, a family history of colon cancer, or other inflammatory bowel diseases, it is important to get a colonoscopy.

Many people avoid getting a colonoscopy because they’re worried that it’s a painful, intrusive procedure. In actuality, a colonoscopy is a simple, painless procedure that can help a person avoid serious problems in the future.

You should consider having a colonoscopy if you:

  • Are older than age 45
  • Eat a diet high in red or processed meats
  • Have cancer elsewhere in your body
  • Have a family history of colon cancer
  • Have colorectal polyps
  • Have an inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russ Nichols, MD

Chief Medical Officer