Colon cancer ranks as the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women of all ages. The past two decades have seen an increase in the incidence of colon cancer. Recent data reveals more alarming trends: Among men under the age of 50, colon cancer stands as the foremost cause of cancer-related mortality, while in women under 50, it ranks as the second most common cause, trailing only behind breast cancer.

Yet, amidst these concerning statistics, there is a ray of hope. In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Joyce Peji discusses how colon cancer is potentially preventable through regular screening colonoscopies. This crucial procedure not only detects and removes precancerous polyps but also facilitates the early diagnosis of colon cancer in its initial stages when it is more manageable and associated with improved patient outcomes.

The message is clear: colonoscopy is paramount for screening and early detection. 

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute supports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Gastroenterology recommendations that colorectal cancer screening for average-risk persons begin at age 45. Those with a personal or family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer, or a personal history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease should talk to their doctor about early screening. 

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Dr. Joyce Peji

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Dr. Joyce Peji joined Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates in 2008. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Physician-American Society of Internal Medicine, and the American Medical Association. 

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