Colonoscopies: Life-Saving Scans

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America, and proper screening can help save lives.

(KVLY) Behind lung cancer, data shows colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America.

Jason Lundblad was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer in 2014.

“I had some stomach pains, some weight loss, things just didn’t feel right,” he recalls.

“It can actually get very big before it becomes symptomatic,” says Dr. Erik Fetner.

It it’s caught early, however, it’s treatable, which is why Dr. Fetner says relying solely on symptoms isn’t recommended.

“When it’s still just a little spot, stool and the intestines just work right past that,” he explains, “and, so it wouldn’t be identified and that’s the importance of colonoscopies and screening modalities because they can help pick it up early.”

The colonoscopy does more than just detect any tumors along the inside lining of the colon.

“The advantage of that screening test is that it can also treat things, so it can remove those polyps that could eventually become cancer,” Dr. Fetner adds.

While symptoms don’t surface until later, it’s important to recognize any changes in your body like pain and unexplained weight loss. But, there’s a more common symptom to be aware of.

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