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Your colorectal health isn’t usually the topic of conversation at dinner parties and probably for good reason, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be talking about it. The entire month of March is dedicated to just that – a conversation about colon cancer and how you can prevent it. Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for cancers that affect both men and women. Colon cancer screenings are unique in that they not only screen for polyps and cancerous cells, but they actually prevent colon cancer.

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  • Colorectal Cancer is most often found in people over the age of 50.
  • If you are 50 years or older, you should be getting a colonoscopy every 10 years.  t Physicians East, we call this the 50/10 rule.*
  • 1/3 of all people over the age of 50 years are not getting regular colon screenings. That is approximately 22 million people.
  • 60% of all colon cancer deaths could have prevented with regular screenings.
  • Colon cancer screenings look for polyps in the colon or rectum. If found, the polyp is removed so that it never has the chance to morph into a cancerous tumor.
  • Screening tests allow clinicians to detect colorectal cancer at an early stage when the chance of cure is greater.

Schedule Your Screening: 252-413-6260

If you are 50 years or older and need to schedule a screening, please let this serve as a friendly reminder and schedule your appointment today. If you are already a patient at Physicians East you can schedule this appointment using our Patient Portal found at PhysiciansEast.com. If you are not an established patient and need to schedule a screening, please call the Physicians East GI Specialty Center at 252-413-6260 today and our staff can help you understand the best screening options for you.

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Will Insurance Cover Colon Cancer Screenings?

Many insurance plans and Medicare help pay for colorectal cancer screening tests. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to figure out what your plan covers. To find out about Medicare coverage, call 800-633-4227 or visit www.medicare.gov.

*If you have had an abnormal colonoscopy, you may need more frequent screenings. Your physician will help you decide how often these will need to be scheduled depending on your history.