Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the United States excluding skin cancers, and the third leading cause of cancer death.  The risk of developing CRC depends on both environmental and genetic factors.  CRC is infrequent before age 40, after which time the incidence rises progressively.

Individuals who are at average risk for CRC have a lifetime risk of 5%, with 90% of cases occurring after age 50.  CRC may be a treatable disease if detected early, and a preventable disease if adenomas, a type of colon polyp, are removed during colonoscopy.  Before you undergo screening, your physician will evaluate your level of risk for CRC based on your family and medical history.  The following questions are important in determining if you may be in need of screening for CRC:

  • Are you aged 50 or older?
  • Do you have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis)?
  • Has a family member ever been diagnosed with colon cancer or a colon polyp?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with colon cancer or a colon polyp?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should make an appointment with Dr. Schub’s Columbia, Maryland office to discuss this further.

Please note that for colonoscopies and other procedures performed by Dr. Schub utilizing anesthesia you will be unable to drive home afterward.  Please make arrangements in advance with a driver prior to coming our office so that we may schedule your procedure as soon as possible.