People at a higher risk for developing colon cancer may need to be screened earlier. The National Cancer Institute cites the following factors contributing to increased risk for colon cancer:
• Being over the age of 50
• Having polyps removed in the past even if they were benign
• A history of colon cancer, ovarian, uterine or breast cancer
• Having ulcerative colitis or Crohn colitis
• A sedentary lifestyle
• A diet high in red and processed meats and low in whole grains, fruits and vegetables
If you would like to schedule a screening for colon cancer, you can contact an East Jefferson General Hospital gastroenterologist through HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us online at ejgh.org.