Colon Polyps are small growths on the lining of the colon. Most are benign, but some polyps called adenomas are precancerous. The best way to prevent colon cancer is to remove adenomas during a colonoscopy.
Colon screenings are recommended for most Americans beginning at age 50. If you have a family or personal history of colon cancer, or IBD, you may need screening earlier. It is important to know your personal risk and talk to Dr. Islam about your ideal screening schedule. To reduce your risk, research points to eating a low fat, high fiber diet, eat a variety of colorful vegetables, limit alcohol intake, quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly.
Many people are unnecessarily frightened to have a colonoscopy. In some cases, people will even postpone it due to feelings of embarrassment. It is important to remember that colon cancer is over 90% curable, when found early, so it’s critical to get a colonoscopy when recommended by your physician.