Getting screened can help prevent colorectal cancer or identify it at its earliest, most curable stages. In fact, 90 percent of colon cancer cases are treatable when detected early.
If you are 50 or older, you need to be screened once every ten years. But if you have any of the following risk factors, you may need to be screened more frequently.
Family history of colorectal cancer
Heavy alcohol use
Speak with your doctor to find out what's right for you.
Where you get your colonoscopy matters. An adenoma (polyp) detection rate is a national benchmark on quality for a colonoscopy. This rate shows the proportion of individuals undergoing a colonoscopy who have one or more polyps detected. The Sanford team has quality scores far exceeding national averages.