When you see your doctor, it’s hard enough to figure out what questions to ask. Should I get screened for this, or screened for that? I have emphasized throughout this blog the importance of getting screened for prostate cancer. Guys simply don’t like to visit the doctor. But colorectal health is also vital. With proper and timely screening, many men and women can avoid colon cancer. But it takes a candid conversation with the doctor to set up a colonoscopy.
According to this HealthDay.com article, a new study suggests that a family history of the disease may be important for even more distant relatives.
In many cases, colon cancer may have no symptoms. And when symptoms appear, the disease could be advanced, so it’s important to talk with your doctor as you approach age 50….much younger if you have a family history of the disease. This article tells me that it’s important to tell your doctor if any relative (even distant) may have had colon cancer. Just one more thing to remember when you set up your next doctor appointment.