The American Cancer Society recommends colon cancer screening starting at age 50 (sooner if you have a family history of the disease), but few people are doing this. In the following survey, many said their providers don’t bring up the issue. However, I think it goes further than that.
I do happen to discuss this with my patients, and about 1/2 of them will get the test done – the others…they don’t even want to think about it. I can understand it – I’m not looking forward to mine either…but I think I’d rather have the test than develope something that can be taken care of early on.
While this study was done by the makers of another type of test, I think the results are probably valid. See what you think. Most Americans still skip colon cancer screening