How often should I go for a colonoscopy? . Doctors recommend screening colonoscopy for people over the age of 50.…
That is why anyone with colorectal cancer symptoms like rectal bleeding and change in bowel habits should seek medical advice, regardless of age. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer should start colonoscopy earlier and do it more frequently. Hvis det screeningsresultat er normalt, bør du have en hver 5 ̵
1; 10 år efterfølgende. Men, hvis du har hatt precancerøse polypper i din kolon, trenger du regelmessige kolonoskopier, og frekvensen er bestemt af antallet og størrelsen af de polypper. Your doctor should be able to advise you on this.
Colorectal cancer is preventable since it starts as polyps and take years to become cancerous, if at all. If it is found early, the 5-year survival rate is 90%. Colonoscopy is a safe procedure with a low incidence of complications and is recommended to be done once every 10 years, starting from the age of 50. With recent advancements in colonoscopy, even polyps that are larger than 2cm in diameter can be removed safely via colonoscopy .
Many lives can be saved by understanding colorectal cancer risks, increasing screening rates, and making lifestyle changes. Consult your doctor to assess your suitability for a colonoscopy screening if you experience symptoms like persistent abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, increasing constipation, unexplained weight loss, and a sudden change in bowel habit.
The only proven way of preventing colorectal cancer is vroege detectie en verwijdering van colonpolypen voordat het kanker worden.
Infographic reviewed by Dr. Ng Kheng Hong, general and colorectal surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital
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