Matthew Seto

Gastroenterologists Urge Screenings to Detect Colon Cancer

BOULDER, CO — February 27, 2024 —At Gastroenterology of the Rockies, a leading GI medical practice, we are committed to raising awareness about colorectal cancer (CRC) by promoting early detection through screenings. To help improve public health, Matthew Seto, DO, board-certified gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology of the Rockies is here to remind Colorado residents about the alarming rise of colon cancer in people under age 50.

“It is estimated that 10.5% of new colorectal cancer cases occur in persons younger than 50 years,” said Dr. Seto. “Incidence of colorectal cancer (specifically adenocarcinoma) in adults aged 40 to 49 years has increased by almost 15% from 2000 to 2016.”

Colorectal Cancer: A Silent Threat
Colorectal cancer remains a significant health concern that affects men and women throughout Colorado and the United States. Here is the latest American Cancer Society, January 2024 report.

INCIDENCE:  In the US, colorectal cancer is the No 1 most common cancer for men younger than age 50, and No 2 for women in the same age group, according to the American Cancer Society.

Prevention Starts with Access to Care
Colon cancer is considered a preventable cancer when detected early, says Dr. Seto.

“Starting at age 45, request your primary care physician help you find a gastroenterologist for a screening colonoscopy.”

People with a family history of colon cancer may request screenings even earlier, he says.  Seeing your doctor is the first step because they can help you navigate the process of finding a high-quality provider who has the expertise to detect colon polyps.

Since screening guidelines changed, insurance companies may now cover the cost for preventive colonoscopy screenings starting at age 45—a recommendation by the American Gastrological Association, American College of Gastroenterologists, American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

It’s always best to check with your insurance company ahead of time to verify coverage.

Don’t Wait for Symptoms
Our gastroenterologists at GI of the Rockies remind everyone about the critical importance of regular screenings for colorectal cancer.

“We are seeing an upward trend with more patients under age 50 with pre-cancerous colon polyps,” said Dr. Seto. However, when pre-cancerous colon polyps go undetected and untreated, they can develop into advanced stages of colon cancer, he added. Gastroenterologists can remove polyps during a colonoscopy.

“Some patients with colon cancer never experience any unusual symptoms, and typically do not seek out medical treatment,” said Dr. Seto.” Polyps often do not become symptomatic until they become very large or turn into colorectal cancer, which is why it is important to get screened before symptoms develop.”

If peace of mind matters to your viewers and readers—we hope you can help spread the word about why colorectal cancer screenings matter.  Early detection saves lives.

Interested in scheduling an interview with Matthew Seto, DO, board-certified gastroenterologist? Please email Kelli Zimmerman, public relations lead to request an interview with him.

Contact Info:  Email Kelli.Zimmerman@gastrorockies.com or cell phone 720.812.3156.