This video clip shows a colonoscopy performing a polypectomy of a small rectal stalked polyp.
Early Detection is Powerful Weapon Against Risk of Colorectal Cancer.
Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon or rectum become abnormal and divide without control, forming a mass called a tumor. Any cancer can be deadly, but according to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Regular colorectal cancer screening or testing is the most powerful weapon against colorectal cancer.

From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer. Regular screening may, in many cases, prevent colorectal cancer altogether since many polyps, or growths, can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. If early screening reveals cancer already exists, the chances are greater for a cure.

Several tests are used by a gastroenterlogist to screen for colorectal cancer. Ask your doctor which tests you should take.

People who have no identified risk factors should begin regular screening at age 40. Those who have a family history or other risk factors should begin screening earlier. Consult your physician to determine when is right for you.