Early stages of colorectal cancer usually present no symptoms. It is highly treatable if detected early. Colonoscopy is the only test to prevent colorectal cancer, with its unique ability to remove polyps before they turn into cancer. It is the only screening test recommended at 10-year intervals, because it’s by far the best test at finding precancerous polyps.
With the recent passing of Chadwick Boseman from colorectal cancer, we are reminded more than ever, of the importance of screening early for colorectal cancer, even in the midst of a pandemic. Routine screening is safe and should not be delayed; colorectal cancer can be prevented and lives saved.