Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the third most common type of cancer in the U.S., yet it’s one of the easiest cancers to treat if detected early.

A colonoscopy is the best option for screening. It can detect any abnormal precancerous growths, known as polyps, in the colon or rectum, and a doctor can remove them. Colon polyps are most often, but not always, benign tumors. Some colon polyps develop malignant cancer in them.

If you are 50 years old or older and you have not been screened, you should consider getting a colonoscopy now.

For more information about colonoscopies, contact the HealthAlliance gastroenterology department, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), at 845-331-3131.