Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the United States, with more than 150,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2023 alone. It is also the second most common cause of all cancer deaths in the country.
While these statistics may be shocking, there is good news: colorectal cancer can not only be caught early, but also prevented through regular screenings.
“Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening, and it has the potential to save your life,” says gastroenterologist Anthony Auteri, MD, with Eastern Pennsylvania Gastroenterology and Liver Specialists and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). “However, some people are hesitant to undergo colonoscopy because of what they’ve heard about the preparation and the procedure. Many of these tales are from years ago before the procedure was modernized. Some recent updates involve lower volume bowel cleansing preps, more effective sedation, more advanced scopes and the development of more patient-friendly ambulatory endoscopy centers, which many patients prefer over coming to the hospital.”