EP06: No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Lower the Cancer Screening Age

Colon cancer is the easiest cancer to diagnose and the easiest cancer to treat. This week’s episode features Dr. MJ Collier, the Medical Director of Atlanta West Primary Care.
Plus, we discuss the unfortunate passing of our superhero, Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther star passed away from colon cancer at age 43. Boseman was diagnosed four years ago and died in his home with his wife and family by his side, may he rest in power.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • What is colon cancer: Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer for short.
  • Cancer screening: It is recommended that colon cancer screenings begin at age 50, however, the American Cancer Society has recommended lowering the screening age. Screening test may assist in finding breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers early.
  • Symptoms of colon cancer: Abdominal pain, any change in bowel movements, blood in the stool, and nausea/vomiting.
    How to prep for a colonoscopy: There may be some diet or fluid restrictions before the procedure. You will be asked to consume laxatives by mouth the day before the colonoscopy.
  • What happens during a colonoscopy: The procedure can last 30-60 minutes and medication will be given for relaxation. The doctor uses a colonscope that transmits an image of the lining of the colon. The colonscope is inserted through the rectum and advanced to the other end of the large intestine.
  • Colon cancer prevention techniques: Three products that will help to protect your colorectal health– Omega-3 fish oil, probiotics, and vitamin D.