This short blog shares colon cancer info you should know:

– There is a lifetime risk of 1 in 19.

– 75% of victims have no family history.

– 90% of cases are preventable by regular screening.

– Early colon cancer has no hints or symptoms.

– By the time patients have symptoms (pain, stool changes, blood in stool, weight loss), advanced disease is present.

– Recognized risk factors are: high fat diet, diabetes, smoking, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

– The most accurate screening test is a colonoscopy.

Medicare covers a colonoscopy when medically indicated by a physician. Yes I get them, just had my 10 year follow-up.

Many myths regarding this cancer are out there; please read the five most common at American Cancer Society  website.