OhioHealth Colorectal Cancer Program
Schedule a colonoscopy. Prevent cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.
It is also one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening. It’s the first step to the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. If you are 50 or older, a routine screening could save your life.
Risk Factors for Colon Cancer
- African-American race. African-Americans have a greater risk of colon cancer than do people of other races
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps. You're more likely to develop colon cancer if you have a parent, sibling or child with the disease. If more than one family member has colon cancer or rectal cancer, your risk is even greater. In some cases, this connection may not be hereditary. Instead, cancers within the same family may result from shared exposure to an environmental carcinogen or from diet or lifestyle factors.
- Physical inactivity. One of the most consistently reported risk factors related to colon cancer is physical activity. Most physically active people have a 25% lower risk of colon cancer than the least active people. Studies show that regular physical activity of 75 to 150 minutes each week, depending on intensity, has numerous other health benefits.
- Low-fiber, high-fat diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories. Research in this area has had mixed results. Some studies have found an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer in people who eat diets high in red and/or processed meat.
- Medical History. People with diabetes (including insulin resistance) and inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) may have an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
- Obesity. People who are overweight and obese have an increased risk of colorectal cancer and an increased risk of dying of colorectal cancer when compared with people considered normal weight.
- Tobacco Products. People who use tobacco products, like cigarettes, may have an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
- Alcohol. Moderate to heavy use of alcohol may increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Locations
At OhioHealth, our endoscopy labs offer state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient diagnostic evaluations, including screening colonoscopies. In addition, we invest in the latest tools to precisely locate problem areas and identify changes in the colon earlier than ever before.
Prevention is as easy as scheduling a screening, and most insurance plans, Medicare included, cover the procedure. Screening colonoscopies are offered at eight endoscopy labs, located conveniently close to where you live and work throughout central Ohio.
Talk to your doctor today to find out if a screening colonoscopy is right for you or someone in your family.