Yup, that’s what we thought too.
Nearly 145,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year in the U.S.
Around 25,000 of those cases are in people under 50.
Most of those cases are late stage.
If you are under 50, when should you get a colonoscopy?
- If you have any unexplained GI symptoms like; abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stool, excessive gas and bloating, or change in bowel habits.
- If you are asymptomatic (no signs of it), get a colonoscopy if you have a family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer, a history of any inflammatory bowel disease like; crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
As Dr. D says in his Take it From Me Q&A: “If you have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer you should have your first colonoscopy 10 years before your relative was diagnosed or at age 40 whichever is earlier. So if your mother had colon cancer diagnosed at age 45 then you should have your first colonoscopy at age 35.”
Here are just four of those peeps who thought “I am too young to need a colonoscopy.”
Click on their image to ready their story.