Colonoscopies save lives

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

Colonoscopies are the most effective screening technique for colon cancer — otherwise known as colorectal cancer — because it can detect early-stage 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 colon cancer risk factors.
  • Age. Colonoscopies are recomended starting at age 45, or sooner based on family history.
  • 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".


Request an Appointment

Emerson Health Gastroenterology offers expert endoscopy service at the state-of-the-art, convenient, outpatient Emerson Endoscopy and Digestive Health Center. Please fill out the below form or call 978-287-3835 to request a colonoscopy appointment.

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