Recognize this picture?  This is what the inside of a healthy colon looks like and knowing that you have a healthy colon could save your life. According to the most recent statistics available from the Center for Disease Control, more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer annually.

If the thought of having a colonoscopy sends you scampering for the safety of your comfort chair, it might be time to think again about what’s best for your health. A colonoscopy, performed by a board certified physician, can catch the beginning stages of colon cancer and can show problems in the intestinal tract. These crucial findings can then be treated promptly and prevent complications down the road.

After the age of 50, most patients should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Patients with a family history of colon cancer are at a higher risk and need more frequent exams.