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Colonoscopy - Preventative Health Service

Did you know that the implementation of health care reform regulations has begun with a significant change involving your access to “preventative health services?” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) now requires that all health care insurance plans cover preventative services, including colorectal cancer screening for individuals aged 50 or older, without any cost-sharing to the patient. This means that all insurance plans are now obligated to provide first-dollar coverage for your 5- or 10-year screening colonoscopy.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. Over 90% of all colon cancers can be prevented through early detection. That’s significant! So if you’re 50 or older, getting a screening test for colon cancer could actually save your life. Here’s how: Colon cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn't be there. Over time, some polyps can develop into cancer. A screening colonoscopy can find polyps, so they can be removed before becoming malignant.

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