Colon cancer is the number three cancer killer in the United State, but it doesn't have to be.
Thursday, doctors nationwide and right here in Michiana are holding a national screening as part of the Stop Colon Cancer Now campaign.
Doctors at the Michiana Endoscopy Center in South Bend are among 700 nationwide focusing on first-time patients.
All you have to do is call for an appointment.
Dr. Pankaj Patel says colon cancer patients have a 90 percent survival rate if diagnosed early.
Unfortunately it's a test many people ignore but should not. "Anyone who is over the age of 50 years years should have a colonoscopy." Dr. Patel added, "African Americans above the age of 45 should have a colonoscopy. Anyone with a history of Colon Cancer or polyps should consider having a colonoscopy earlier than 50 years."
Dr. Patel adds that a colonoscopy is one of few tests where doctors can diagnose and get rid of the problem at the same time.
If you want to take part in National Colon Cancer Screening Day you can call Michiana Endoscopy Wednesday morning or go online.
If you don't have insurance, Michiana Endoscopy can discuss lower costs for the test and work out payment plans.
You can call 574-234-0049 for an appointment or go to: