1. Colon cancer is America's second highest cause of cancer death in men and women combined.

  2. True False
    Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in America for men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates the risk for developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20 and that over 50,000 will die from it in 2014. Colonoscopy screening has steadily dropped the death rate. Screening saves lives!

  3. Colon cancer shows symptoms.

  4. True False
    In most cases, colorectal cancer does not show specific symptoms. Most colorectal cancer starts as a benign clump of cells called a polyp. Over time, a polyp can become cancerous. In most cases, polyps are easily and painlessly removed during a routine screening colonoscopy. 90% of those diagnosed with cancer at a local stage found during screening, survived!

  5. 50 is the age to get screened.

  6. True False
    50 is the age to get screened for men and women. Get screened before age 50 if you have had inflammatory bowel disease, any family history of colorectal polyps or cancer or genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis or non-polyposis colorectal cancer.

  7. I need a referral in order to schedule a screening colonoscopy at Charleston GI.

  8. True False
    Charleston GI's Open Access Colonoscopy Program allows patients without significant gastrointestinal symptoms or other health risk factors to schedule a colonoscopy without a primary care physician referral or preliminary visit prior to the procedure. Call (843) 722-8000.

  9. Insurance covers screening colonoscopy.

  10. True False
    Many private insurance plans cover colonoscopy used to screen for colorectal cancer with little or no co-payment. Charleston GI accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.