There is strong scientific evidence that having regular screening tests for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50 reduces deaths from colorectal cancer. Screening tests, also known as a colonoscopy, can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon and rectum, and polyps can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Besides getting colorectal screenings as recommended, there are other steps you can take to lower your risk for colorectal cancer including:
Increase your physical activity
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods and limit your intake of red meat
Stop smoking – tobacco use raises your risk for colon cancer
Maintain a healthy diet, weight and active lifestyle
Get screened early. We offer free*colon screenings for patients 50 years of age and older!
*As required by the Affordable Care Act, most commercial insurance plans now provide coverage for preventive care including age/risk-appropriate screenings such as colonoscopies.
The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., incorporated in 1995, is a fully-integrated multi-specialty medical group owned and managed by physicians. The group has grown to over 750 employees including 200 physicians and advanced practice providers. We treat patients in the following specialties: internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, adult and pediatric inpatient medicine, general surgery, oncology, hematology, physiatry, orthopaedics, sports medicine, neonatology, perinatology, allergy and immunology, neurology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, bariatric surgery and medical weight loss. The Longstreet Clinic is repeatedly ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the largest physician group practices in Georgia, and one of the largest independent group practices. With its main campus located in Gainesville, TLC providers also see patients at offices in Baldwin, Buford, Braselton, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Demorest, Oakwood, and Toccoa. The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. Doctors you know. Care you trust. Internet
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