Some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides frequent colonoscopy?

DIet Exercise. Regular exercise. Eat healthy. Less fat in the diet. Limit processed meats, fish and poultry rather than red meats. Lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid obesity.
Be healthy. Eat healthy low fat foods, high in fiber, fruits and vegetables. Avoid a lot of meats and fats. Maintain a healthy weight, and be active or exercise. Use of vitamin d and Aspirin has been under review as possible preventative measures to discuss with your doctor. Colonoscopy does not prevent cancer, but can remove pre-cancerous growths or polyps and can locate early tumors.

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Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Colon cancer. Colonoscopy prevents colon cancer hence it is recommended as screening test at age 50 for people with average risk and age 40 if there is family history. Read more...
Likely. Cancers start as polyps. Removing polyps decreases cancer risk, but no test guarantees finding every polyp. Read more...

Might it be that a colonoscopy prevents colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?

Yes it can. Colonoscopy is done to look for polyp which are precursors of cancer. So if the polyp is removed before it becomes cancerous, then we have prevented development of colon cancer. Read more...

Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

They should . It is recommended that both men and women undergo screening colonoscopy at age 50.Women get colon cancer also. Read more...
They do! Colon cancer doesn't differentiate between sexes and the male: female ratio is 50:50. That's why every one age 50 should get a colonoscopy or other screening test for colon cancer, and even younger if there is a family history. Interestingly, women get more right side colon cancers, and men more left, and we don't really know why! Read more...

Testing for colon cancer? Are there any tests besides the colonoscopy? I really don’t want to have to use those colon cleaning laxatives. I had to once before and felt really sick from them. Isn’t there another test?

There . There are actually two separate questions here. The first is whether there area alternative tests besides colonoscopy. There are other tests; but each one has limits. Testing stool for blood can identify cancers; but is not a good preventative test. The real goal is to find polyps before they become malignant. Work is underway on tests that try to analyze dna found in stool to look for markers of abnormal growths. It is an exciting area; but the current tests are not accurate enough and far too expensive. The alternative to colonoscopy that is designed to find polyps without insertion of a colonoscope is ct colography or "virtual colonoscopy". However, it also requires a preparation; and is both more uncomfortable and less accurate than the colonoscopy. The second question you asked deals with the preparation itself. Talk to your physician. There are several newer preparations that entail much smaller volumes of preparation liquid over longer times than we used to use in the past. Most people find it easy and very tolerable. I know i did for my exams. Read more...
Still need cleanse. Even if you have a virtual colonoscopy with a ct scanner, a bowel cleanse is needed. Fecal occult blood cards is a less specific screening method but doesn't require a bowel cleanse. Read more...

Would it be possible to develope colon cancer large enough for blockage 5 years after an all clear colonoscopy?

Sometimes. Unfortunately yes. Some less common cancers have very rapid doubling times. And can grow quite large. A left colon cancer is more likely to obstruct than one on the right. Read more...

Why is it you hear about people who had squeaky clean colonoscopies only to have full blown colon cancer two years later?

Lynch syndrome. A majority of folks who will get colon cancer have some benign polyps first. Someone carrying of of the lynch family of mutations is likely to get colon cancer out of the blue, with no preceding polyp. You're still smart to get 'scoped every so often, and people known to the lynch's get scoped perhaps yearly. Read more...
Sometimes. There are flat lesions that can be missed on colonoscopy and there are also rapidly growing tumors to explain this. Read more...