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  • Writer's pictureBrian Dooreck MD

4 Common Myths About Colon Cancer

Updated: Jul 27, 2023


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As prevalent as colon cancer is nowadays, it's shocking to see how much misinformation is being spread around. In this post, I'll disprove 4 of the most common myths about colon cancer.


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You would think that...


  • You'd only need to get a screening if you're experiencing symptoms.

  • You can't get colon cancer before you turn 50.

  • Colon cancer is nonpreventable, so there's no point in getting a colonoscopy.

  • Getting a colonoscopy would be painful.


Correct? Nope.


Surprisingly, these are all wrong!


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Colon cancer is the third most common type in the US, so it's important to know the facts and clear up misconceptions.


"The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." John F. Kennedy

Let's clear up facts from myths. It is your health we are talking about.


Myth #1: You only need to get a colon cancer screening if you have symptoms

Colorectal cancer is considered a silent disease. More than 50% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are asymptomatic. (That means no symptoms.) It can take years of cancer advancing for symptoms to show. At that point, it can end up being more challenging to treat. Therefore, it's essential to get screened to catch it early.


Read more about the importance of colon cancer screening here.


Myth #2: You can't get colon cancer until you're older

Shockingly, incidence rates for early-onset colorectal cancer have been on the rise.11% of colon cancer diagnoses and 18% of rectal cancer diagnoses occur in individuals under 50. The truth is, you can never be "too young" for colon cancer to affect you. Therefore, it's important to know the symptoms and risk factors.


Myth #3: Colorectal cancer can't be prevented

Colon cancer first starts as a small non-cancerous growth called a polyp. If detected early through a colonoscopy, your doctor can remove it and prevent it from becoming cancerous. This is why getting routine colon cancer screening by your local gastroenterologist is crucial.


Myth #4: A colonoscopy sounds painful and unpleasant

Getting a colonoscopy is not as bad as it sounds! You will be sedated before the procedure, so you won't feel anything. Most patients don't even remember it. Colonoscopies take only 30 minutes, and you can resume many normal activities the next day.



After celebrating his 50th birthday for a year, Will gets serious about his health and heads for a colonoscopy.


Question: What is worse than the colonoscopy preparation?

Answer: Colorectal cancer!

Keep encouraging friends, family, and coworkers to have a screening colonoscopy, as it saves lives from a truly preventable form of cancer.


Follow and support the Colorectal Cancer Alliance @colorectalcanceralliance 💙 #never2young #nevertooyoung #TomorrowCantWait + Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) @fightcrc‼️ + the Colon Cancer Coalition @gyrig04 #checkyourcolon + the Colon Cancer Foundation @coloncancerfoundation


 


Here are some takeaways on this from a public health point of view.



 

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