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Make Time for Your Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. If you're older than 50 (or 45 if you're Black), it's time to check it off your to-do list.

This simple outpatient procedure could save your life

60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could have been prevented with a colonoscopy. When colorectal cancer is caught early, it's treatable and beatable.

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Call us to schedule

Colonoscopies are recommended for all men and women 50 and older (or 45 if you're Black). If your results come back normal, you most likely won't need another colonoscopy for 10 years. Schedule your colonoscopy today.

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Know your risk

People with colorectal cancer often don't have symptoms. Black men and women are more likely to develop polyps deeper in their colon and are 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer than other groups.** Some colorectal cancer risk factors are:

  • Race and ethnic background
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • A personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Obesity
  • High alcohol or tobacco consumption

Fight colorectal cancer before it starts

A colonoscopy is the best way to prevent and diagnose colorectal cancer. 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could have been prevented with a screening.*
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    Colonoscopy screening


    Learn what to expect before, during, and after this routine outpatient procedure with our colonoscopy prep guide.

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    Safety first. Always.


    AHN is taking every precaution to keep you safe – with heightened disinfecting and protection measures across our network.

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    Colonoscopy locations


    We perform colonoscopies at many facilities throughout western Pennsylvania. Look for a colonoscopy location near you.

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How to prepare for a colonoscopy

Our colonoscopy prep guide breaks down everything you need to do before your colonoscopy and what to expect the day of. Plus, you'll see what to do day by day, and learn how to use your colon prep kit.

Listen to our "I Had Cancer" podcasts

AHN's "I Had Cancer" podcast shares personal, authentic conversations with cancer survivors. Hear the powerful stories of two rectal cancer survivors below.

Routine colonoscopy found preacher's cancer

The Rev. Leslie Boone had no symptoms, but a routine colonoscopy revealed she had colorectal cancer. Listen as Leslie talks about how she never feared the disease, even as she endured procedures, chemotherapy and radiation.

Cancer no match for young mom

With children aged 5, 2 and 4 months, Laura found out she had Stage 3 rectal cancer. Only 32, she said having the perspective of, "I want to be a mom, not a cancer patient" carried her through treatment to a cancer-free life.

Gastroenterology at AHN

We treat a wide range of conditions affecting the digestive tract, liver, and pancreas, including inflammatory bowel disease, GERD, Crohn's disease, and many cancers.

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Source: Fight Colorectal Cancer (FIGHT CRC) on https://fightcolorectalcancer.org/prevent/


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Source: American Cancer Society in the article, Colorectal Cancer Rates Higher in African Americans, Rising in Younger People