95-25 Queens Blvd., Third Floor, 
Rego Park, NY 11374

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By Queens Boulevard ASC
February 01, 2022
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Many people wonder if they should wait to get a colonoscopy in Rego Park, NY at the age of 50 or later. However, the American Cancer Society now recommends people over the age of 45 should get a colorectal screening. To find out if you're a candidate for a screening, contact us at the Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center today.

When Should I Get a Colonoscopy?

If you're at average risk of developing cancer of the colon, the American Cancer Society recommends you to get a colonoscopy in Rego Park, NY if you're over 45. Since younger and middle-aged patients are now developing colon cancer at higher rates, society lowered its recommendation from 50 years of age to 45. From 2008 to 2017, there was a 1 percent increase in deaths from colon cancer for people younger than 55.

Colon cancer is easily treatable when detected early, and doctors can remove precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy. However, many people who are diagnosed with cancer didn't or don't have symptoms. Therefore, regular screenings and testing are critical for people who are at average risk.

Who Is at the Highest Risk of Developing Colon Cancer?

Your risk of developing colon cancer increases as you age. The majority of cases occur in people over the age of 50, but younger people can develop cancer in rare cases. Additionally, lifestyle-related factors increase your risk of developing colon cancer. Some of the risk factors include:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Diets high in red or processed meats
  • Low levels of vitamin D
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use or abuse

Other factors also increase your chances of developing colon cancer. If you have a personal history of developing polyps in your abdomen or a previous diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, you may be at higher risk. 

Additionally, if you have a parent or sibling who was diagnosed with colon cancer, you might be at risk. However, many people who don't have a family history of developing the cancer are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

If you think you're at risk of developing colorectal cancer, or you're over the age of 45, schedule your colonoscopy in Rego Park, NY today with one of our doctors at the Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center by calling (718) 406-8000 today.

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Gastroenterologist Rego Park, NY
Queens Boulevard ASC
95-25 Queens Blvd Ste 3
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 406-8000