If you are experiencing pain and rectal bleeding, talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy, even if you are under 50 years of age. Although the rate of colon cancer in adults aged 50 or older is declining, there is in increase in young-onset colon cancer. The good news is that colon cancer is highly treatable when found early. In fact, the five-year survival rate of colon cancer is 90 percent when it is found in the early, localized stage. Unfortunately, only 37 percent of diagnoses are made in the early stage. Because of this, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Be proactive about your health. Make a commitment to regular visits to your doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be embarrassed to talk about hemorrhoids or rectal bleeding. Asking the right questions can save your life, so speak up for the sake of your health.