Time for a gut check!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — a great time to talk to your doctor about scheduling your colonoscopy. Colonoscopy screenings are recommended for most people beginning at age 50, then every five to 10 years.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. If everyone 50 or older had regular screening tests, at least 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. So if you’re over 50, schedule your screening now.

“Getting screened can be the difference between life and death for you or a loved one. Our FasTrak service makes scheduling this procedure as easy as clicking a computer mouse,” said Thomas J. George Jr., M.D., UF Health Gastrointestinal Cancer Program director and a UF College of Medicine associate professor of hematology and oncology.

To conveniently schedule a colonoscopy, visit UFHealth.org/fastrak. Fill out the form, and a FasTrak scheduling nurse will call you with a few questions and help schedule your colonoscopy appointment.

And remember, UF Health employees get the GatorAdvantage — expedited access at UF Health Physicians practices and outpatient facilities — along with complimentary patient parking. Just remember to say, “I want the GatorAdvantage,” when you call for an appointment and at checkout.