Benefits of a Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Colonoscopy is the most effective screening technique for colorectal cancer — otherwise known as colon cancer or cancer of the rectum — because it can detect early-stage colorectal cancer before symptoms occur, when treatment is most effective.

Do not wait for symptoms to show. Request an appointment with Emerson Health Gastroenterology or contact your primary care physician,

Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

Here are the most common colorectal risk factors.
  • Age. Most cases of colorectal cancer occur in patients over the age of 50.
  • Family History. Nearly 1 in 3 people who develop colorectal cancer have other family members who have also had it.
  • Lifestyle. People who are overweight, smoke, drink heavily, or are physically inactive have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Take this online quiz to determine your risk of colorectal cancer.

Learn More

Listen to Emerson gastroenterologist Dr. Jennifer Nayor speak about colon cancer in this episode of Emerson's Health Works Here podcast, Colon Cancer Screenings: Latest Advances and Ways to Prepare.


Screening Colonoscopies: What We Wish Everyone Knew

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Dr. Jennifer Nayor, Dr. John Dowd, and Dr. Andrea Fribush of Emerson Health Gastroenterology offer expert endoscopy service at the state-of-the-art Emerson Endoscopy and Digestive Health Center. Please fill out the below form or call or call 978-287-3835 to request a colonoscopy appointment with Emerson Health Gastroenterology.

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