John Vogel, D.O., provides important information on preventing colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer for both men and women. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of these deaths could be prevented if everyone over the recommended age got screened. Because there are often no signs or symptoms, the best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened. If left undiagnosed or undetected, colorectal cancer can spread throughout the body.
Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician John Vogel, D.O., says “The American Cancer Society recently decreased the age to start screening from 50 to 45 due to increases we have seen in colon cancer in younger patients. However, not all insurance companies have acknowledged this change yet. Be sure to check your personal insurance policy before scheduling your screening.”
Dr. Vogel adds, “Colorectal cancer is somewhat unique in that early detection can truly prevent the need for extended treatment. By simply removing the polyps during a colonoscopy, for many patients, we have effectively stopped the cancer in its tracks.”
Dr. Vogel joined Winneshiek Medical Center in August and provides obstetric and family medicine care to patients of all ages. He also performs colonoscopies in the Winneshiek Medical Center surgery department.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
- Adults ages 45 and older with an average risk of colorectal cancer should undergo regular screening with either a high-sensitivity stool-based test or a structural (visual) exam, depending on patient preference and test availability.
- As a part of the screening process, all positive results on non-colonoscopy screening tests should be followed up with a timely colonoscopy.
- Average-risk adults in good health with a life expectancy of greater than 10 years should continue colorectal cancer screening through age 75.
- Age (age 50 and older)
- Growths (called polyps) inside the colon
- Family history of colorectal cancer
- Health conditions like Crohn’s Disease
- Being African-American
Reduce Your Risk
You can reduce your risk if you get screened for colorectal cancer starting at the age of 45. You can also reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by:
- Increasing your activity level
- Choosing healthy foods
- Quitting smoking
Make an appointment with Dr. Vogel or your Mayo Clinic Health System doctor at Winneshiek Medical Center to discuss your screening options for colorectal cancer. Call today for an appointment 563-382-2911.