Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related death in the U.S. and is responsible for more than 50,000 deaths per year. Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. People at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at a younger age, and may need to be tested more frequently. The decision to be screened after age 75 should be made on an individual basis. For more information, read the current colorectal cancer screening guidelines from the USPST.
If you are a Kernersville Primary Care patient and are over 50 or have a family history of colorectal cancer and have not been screened please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you in obtaining these potentially life-saving procedures.
If you are over 60 years old and have never had a colonoscopy now is the perfect time! Novant Health Oncology Specialists is enrolling patients in a research study and is offering a $35.00 gift card for those over the age of 60 getting first-time colonoscopies. All you have to do is complete a short survey, have a tube of blood drawn, and collect two stool specimens before your procedure. Peace of mind and a little cash in your pocket. Kernersville Primary Care patients who are interested in participating should contact our office for details.