TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control.
After the age of 50, the risk of colon cancer increases significantly. The most effective form of screening is a colonoscopy.
The procedure helps find and remove polyps, which can turn into cancer. Sometimes symptoms aren't apparent, which is why screening is so important.
But some symptoms could include stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away or losing weight and you don't know why.
A St. Luke’s gastroenterologist got the procedure so he could better understand what his patients go through.
“My partner found three polyps,” said Dr. Oswaldo Bisbal, gastroenterologist. “Which the three of them were precancerous. So I think it's a great tool for colon cancer screening. It’s by far more superior to all of the other alternatives.”
The procedure can take anywhere from half an hour to more than an hour.
Preparations for the procedure can be unpleasant, since you're instructed not to eat the day before and drink lots of clear liquids, but doctors say it's your best bet for preventing colon cancer.