Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the United States. On average, your chances of developing colon cancer are one in 20, but your individual risk depends on several factors.

If you are over the age of 50, a colonoscopy should be a part of your preventative care.

As an ambulatory surgery center that follows strict licensing, accreditation and patient safety standards to ensure our patients receive the highest quality and safest care, we are deeply concerned by the recent stories that called out patient tragedies to undermine a proven healthcare service in order to gain viewership and readers.

Colorectal cancer may not be at the top of your list of topics for casual conversation with family or friends. However, if you understand the importance of colorectal cancer prevention and choose to talk about it, you could help save the life of someone you love.

Most people assume that colon cancer only affects the elderly, but this is not true. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, 10 percent of all new colon cancer patients are under the age of 50.