Ilyas Memon, MD

What Is The Procedure For A Colon Cancer Screening

Sep 23, 2020

Here’s what you should know about getting a colonoscopy.

Here’s what you should know about getting a colonoscopy. 

Colon cancer screenings save lives. The unfortunate part is that so many men and women do not get regular screenings to protect against colorectal cancer. This simple easy procedure performed regularly by our Woodlands, TX, gastroenterologist Dr. Ilyas Memon is important for all men and women. Here’s what you should about getting a colon cancer screening,

Guidelines for Colon Cancer Screening

Is it time for your first colonoscopy? It certainly will be if you’ve just turned 50 years old. This rule applies to both men and women, as colon cancer can affect anyone. The majority of colorectal cancer in adults over 50 years old.

This is why those with a fairly low risk for colon cancer should come in for their first screening at 50. Those at a higher risk for colorectal cancer may want to talk with their doctor about getting a colonoscopy by age 45. If your results come back normal you may not need to come back in for another colonoscopy for 10 years. Those at higher risk or those with abnormal results (e.g. colon polyps) may need to come in more often for testing.

You will continue to get routine colonoscopies until the age of 75. At that point you will want to talk with your gastroenterologist about whether or not you will need to get colon cancer screenings until age 85.

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer 

There are situations in which you may need to come in more often or before age 50 to get a colonoscopy. This may be the case if,

  • You have a personal or family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer
  • You’ve been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's or ulcerative colitis)
  • You have been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), both genetic conditions
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • You are a smoker and/or heavy drinker

If you are looking for a gastroenterologist to perform a routine colonoscopy in Conroe, the Woodlands or surrounding areas in Texas, then call our office today at (281) 764-9500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Memon.