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The Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings

As one of the most common forms of cancer for American men and women, colon cancer affects tens of thousands of people each year.

This particular type of cancer takes a significant amount of time to develop, which is why it is so important to receive regular colon cancer screenings. A quick diagnosis and treatment process could mean the difference between life or death of a patient.

Who is at Risk?

According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women are at risk of developing colon cancer at some point in their lifetime. Additional contributors to this cancer include:

  • Colon CancerObesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Being of a mature age, though rates of colon cancer cases for patients under the age of 50 have recently been rising
  • Patient history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of colon cancer or related conditions

About Colon Cancer Screenings

Typically, the preferred method for checking the health of the colon is to perform a colonoscopy. These procedures are recommended to be completed every 10 years, with the possibility of increased frequency if the patient has a higher chance of developing colon cancer.

Because a colonoscopy is not a particularly pleasant experience for many patients, they often make the excuse that they do not have the time to be screened for colon cancer. This is one of the riskiest things that an individual can do for themselves.

It is not worth your life to gamble on colon cancer. By attending regular screenings, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing a severe case of colon cancer, which can easily save your life.

Schedule a Screening Today

If you are due for a colon cancer screening, or wish to learn more about these important check-ups, please call Northwest Medical Specialties at (253) 428-8700 to request an appointment.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control