Colonoscopy: When Is It Time To Schedule?

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A colonoscopy can save a life. When is it time to have one? What risk factors contribute to colon issues? Take our short quiz to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Select your age:

    • A.

      18 or under

    • B.

      19 - 34 yrs

    • C.

      35 - 45 yrs

    • D.

      46 - 59 yrs

    • E.

      60+ yrs

    Explanation
    Regular colonoscopy screenings are recommended for people over the age of 50. People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease should get tested regularly at any age.

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  • 2. 

    Check all of the following that apply to you:

    • A.

      Type II diabetes

    • B.

      African American

    • C.

      Smoke tobacco

    • D.

      Consume 2+ alcoholic beverages per day

    • E.

      None of the above

    Explanation
    Type II diabetes: Individuals with type II diabetes (usually those that are non-insulin dependent) have an increased risk of developing colon (bowel) cancer.

    African Americans: For unknown reasons, African Americans have the highest rate of colon cancer and subsequent mortality rates among all racial groups in the United States.

    Tobacco: Chronic smokers are at a higher risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer.

    Alcohol: Colorectal cancer has been linked to heavy alcohol consumption. This could be contributed to the fact that heavy alcohol users typically have lower levels of folic acid.

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  • 3. 

    Select your level of physical activity:

    • A.

      Inactive: No exercise

    • B.

      Light activity: Exercise 1-2 times per week.

    • C.

      Moderate activity: Exercise 3-4 times per week.

    • D.

      Heavy activity: Exercise 5+ times per week.

    Explanation
    Being inactive or only participating in physical activity 1-2 times per week may increase your chance for bowel or colorectal cancer. Increasing your physical activity to 3+ times per week could reduce your risk.

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  • 4. 

    Do you currently or have you ever had: (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Colorectal cancer

    • B.

      Adenomatous polyps

    • C.

      Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

    • D.

      Rectal hyperplastic polyps

    • E.

      None of the above

    Explanation
    Those with current or a previous history of these conditions have an increased risk to develop recurrent issues. A regularly scheduled colonoscopy can help to identify recurrent problems quickly.

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  • 5. 

    Does anyone in your family have a history of: (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Colorectal cancer

    • B.

      Colorectal polyps

    • C.

      Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)

    • D.

      Non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)

    • E.

      None of the above

    Explanation
    Individuals with a previous family history of these conditions have an increased risk of developing the same issue. Regular colonoscopy screenings will help to prevent or quickly identify most colorectal conditions.

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  • 6. 

    Which foods are part of your regular diet: (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Red meats (beef, pork, lamb)

    • B.

      Processed meats (hot dogs & some luncheon meat)

    • C.

      Meats cooked at high temperatures (frying, grilling, or boiling)

    • D.

      Vegetables

    • E.

      Fruits

    • F.

      Whole Grains

    Explanation
    Red & Processed Meats: Studies show that people with diets high in red and processed meats were approximately a third more likely to develop colon (or bowel) cancer than those who ate a lesser amount.

    Meats cooked at high temperatures: Research has shown cooking meat at very high temperatures produces chemicals (HCAs) in meat that may increase the risk for colon or breast cancer.

    Vegetables, Fruits, & Whole Grains: Eating a healthy diet with a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is recommended to decrease the risk of colorectal cancer.

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  • 7. 

    Have you ever experienced any of the following: (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Blood in bowel movements

    • B.

      Recurrent stomach pain, aches or cramps

    • C.

      Fluctuation in bowel habits, such as stools that appear narrow

    • D.

      Unattributed constipation or diarrhea

    • E.

      Unexplained weight loss

    • F.

      None of the above

    Explanation
    All of the issues above could be attributed to a serious issue related to your bowels. Getting your colon regularly screened will help to identify any problems as soon as possible.

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