March 5, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

All About Aging: An In-Depth Look At Colon Cancer Screening:

JAMES DAVIS, M.D.

SPECIAL TO THE MIRROR

Despite major advances in screening and early detection, colon cancer still accounts for about 9 percent of all cancer deaths. Rare before the age of 40, colon cancer incidence begins to increase each decade thereafter.

Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 50 for those at average risk and continue for as long as a person is healthy enough to benefit. It may not be recommended after age 75. Despite its proven effectiveness, colon cancer screening remains underutilized in older adults.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends three options for colon cancer screening: 1) annual fecal occult blood testing; 2) flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years with fecal occult blood testing every three years; 3) or colonoscopy every 10 years. Each of these methods has benefits and potential risks.

For example, fecal occult blood testing is noninvasive and inexpensive but may not pick up early or pre-cancerous lesions and may yield false-positive test results. Colonoscopy is very accurate in finding both cancers and pre-malignant polyps but carries some risk, especially in older adults, and the preparation is cumbersome for most people.

Higher-risk individuals– those with a family history of colon cancer, polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease—should consider starting screening earlier and choose colonoscopy over the other methods because of its greater likelihood of detecting disease at an early stage.

A major problem with screening methods in the United States has been the failure to screen individuals who would benefit the most from early detection. Many colon cancer deaths could be prevented every year if more people were screened. One Veterans Administration study found that colon cancer screening was done in only 47 percent of patients who would benefit the most while as many as 41 percent of those unlikely to benefit from screening due to other illnesses were still being screened.

It is vitally important to know your colon cancer screening status and select the most appropriate screening option with your primary care physician. It could be lifesaving!

Dr. James Davis is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

in News
Related Posts

Instagram Executive Puts Spanish-Style Venice Home on the Market

March 4, 2024

March 4, 2024

Nestled in the heart of the East of Lincoln neighborhood, the bungalow includes coved ceilings According to a report by...

Seven-Bedroom Beachfront Home Lists for $12.5M

March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024

Built in 1929, Amenities Include a Sparkling Pool, Home Theater and Elevator  This beachfront residence, boasting panoramic views from Palos...

LA City Council Greenlights Master Leasing Program to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024

Unanimous Vote Sets Stage for Different Approach to Expand Housing Options The Los Angeles City Council came one step closer...

LAHSA Report Exposes Failures of Anti-Camping Ordinance, Allegedly Kept Secret Since November

March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024

City Controller and Council Members Speak Out Against Withheld Report  LA City Controller Kenneth Meija posted comments on social media...

Construction Alert: Topanga Canyon Boulevard Faces Nightly Closures Starting March 4

March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

Caltrans Announces 18-Mile Project Spanning Chatsworth to PCH Commuters in the Los Angeles area should prepare for significant delays as...

Film Review: Nyad

February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

FILM REVIEWNYADRated PG-13121 MinutesReleased November 3rdOscar Nominations: Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress “I failed many times, but I can...

Security Officers Being Deployed at Big Blue Bus Stations and Routes

February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

The Guards will be provided by a firm with other security contracts with the city of Santa Monica  By Zach...

Leap Day Brings Once-in-Four-Year Deals at Popular Restaurants All Day Long

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’, and More Roll Out Special Offers to Mark the Occasion Leap Day, that rare additional day occurring...

Sweet Lady Jane’s Social Media Tease Continues As Locations Sport Hiring Notices

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Mysterious Posts Leave Fans Eager for the Return, But Questions Linger By Dolores Quintana After resurfacing on social media, the...

Upcoming Ice Cream Shop on Montana Ave. Will Serve Multitude of Vegan Flavors

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

The Company Has Come a Long Way Since Its Humble Beginnings as a New York City Food Truck By Zach...

(Video) Pro-Palestine Protest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Protesters were there to protest the arrival of U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi Counter-protesters drove by in a car. @smmirrornews Pro-Palestine...

(Video) Restaurants Replace Glass Front Doors After Late Night Robbery Spree in Del Ray

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Seven restaurants and small businesses in Del Rey and Venice, including Nick the Greek and Dudley Market, were robbed. Council...

SMMUSD Appoints New Asst. Superintendent of Education Services

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Dr. Williamson Will Assume Her Role on March 8, Bringing 17 Years of Education Experience In a special board meeting...

Hollywood Royalty to Shine at 96th Oscars: First Wave of Star-Studded Presenter Lineup Unveiled

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Incredible Lineup of Actors and Previous Oscar Winners Announced Executive producer and showrunner Raj Kapoor, along with executive producers Molly...

Vote Smart, Vote Early: Streamlining Your 2024 Presidential Primary Experience in L.A. County

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Skip the Lines and Save Time – Your Guide to Early Voting Options  In preparation for the upcoming 2024 Presidential...