COLONOSCOPY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE CANCER SCREENING TOOL AVAILABLE TODAY. This page is designed to help you be sure you are getting the proper screening for colon cancer. It will help you know if you are a candidate for colon cancer screening and if you should discuss it with your doctor. 

If you do not know the answers to all of these questions, then that's okay! You can bring the questions to your next doctors appointment and get the answers you need.

* 1. Are you between the age of 50 and 80?

* 2. Have you had a colonoscopy within the past 10 years?

* 3. People with a family history of colon cancer may be at higher risk. They may need to be screened earlier than age 50 and more often.

Do you have any parents, siblings, or children with colon cancer?

* 4. Have you ever had colon polyps?

* 5. If you had colon polyps, have you had a colonoscopy within the past 5 years?

* 6. Do you need other tests to help prevent colon cancer?

We recommend a colonoscopy at least once every ten years for average risk men and woman between the ages of 50 and 80, but there are other tests that might help you prevent colon cancer. 

Have you ever done any of the test below?

* 7. Colonoscopy is the most effective cancer screening tool available today. It is recommended for men and woman of average risk every ten years between the age of 50 and 80. 

Do you think you need to be scheduled for a colonoscopy?

* 8. Please leave any comments you have.

For additional information about colon cancer screening, we recommend you visit our website.

The Wichita Falls Gastroenterology Website is located at

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