Everyone age fifty and older must be screened for colon cancer. This is cancer that develops in the bowel and it usually begins as a harmless polyp in the bowel. Early detection of colon cancer is crucial. Early detection and treatment can increase survival, particularly before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Be aware that it’s possible to have colonl cancer and have no pain or any other symptoms! This is why regular screening is important. You need, after age fifty, a yearly rectal exam, yearly testing stool samples for blood that cannot be seen, and a sigmoidoscopy every five years, or a colonoscopy every ten years, or a barium enema every five years.
If family members have had colon cancer, your screening should start when you are as young as 40, and possibly even earlier. If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer and believe you did not have proper testing, talk with an experienced medical negligence trial lawyer immediately. You may have a legal right to recovery; but your claim must be filed within three years of the date your original cancer was diagnosed.