Colorectal Cancer

Southeast Gastroenterology recommends everyone obtain a colonoscopy by age 50. Individuals, under age 50, who have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, should have a colonoscopy.

What You Need to Know

  • Colorectal cancer is deadly. Among cancers, only lung cancer kills more Americans each year than this largely preventable disease.
  • Colorectal cancer does not discriminate. This disease affects men and women equally. Those diagnosed with the disease often experience no noticeable symptoms.
  • The good news is that if everyone, aged 50 or older, underwent regular colorectal screenings, at least 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
  • So are you at risk? Take our free, online health risk assessment to find out.

Colon Cancer Screening

If you have any of these risk factors, call Southeast Gastroenterology at 573-331-7910 to inquire about having a screening colonoscopy.

Colon Cancer Risk Factors

The following factors indicate an elevated risk for colon cancer:

  • Are you over the age of 50?
  • Do you have a family history of colon cancer?
  • Do you have a family member with a history of colon polyps?
  • Do you have a change in bowel habit?
  • Do you have (or have you ever had) rectal bleeding?