What starts as a polyp inside your digestive track can turn into deadly cancer cells and spread throughout your body.
Colorectal health can be a forgotten necessity in a fast paced society. Factors like diet, exercise, and family history play into your colon health.
So before brushing off colon health, here's information on how to keep your body going to the fullest everyday.
"The magic age for screening for most people is 50. 93 percent of all colon cancer is diagnosed over the age of 50," said Ebanks.
Doctor Carley Ebanks is a gastroenterologist at
"It could be no symptoms at all in the very early stage of the disease. Or in more advanced stages of the disease the cancer actually affects the walls of the colon. One can have rectal bleeding one can have abdominal pain, diarrhea," said Ebanks.
According to Ebanks, the awareness for screening over the last five years has helped a great number of patients, but statistically the disease remains a threat to many lives each year.
Ebanks says early detection is key to beat colon cancer. The later the disease is found the more likely it has spread further into the body.
"Most colon cancer when found is in the late stages of the disease. So the treatment options are limited and there's already spread of the disease and so it's more difficult to cure at that stage of the disease," said Ebanks.
Doctor Ebanks said many people are intimidated by colonoscopies but the process is actually nearly pain free, you're actually heavily sedated during the screening and recovery is fast as well, with most patients going home the same day of the screening.