How Often Do You Need a Colonoscopy Screening?

How Often Do You Need a Colonoscopy Screening?

Changes in your bowel patterns and abdominal discomfort might raise concerns about your digestive health. Perhaps the most proactive step you can take to maintain your well-being amid these red flags is scheduling a colonoscopy screening. At Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, we can help you screen for colon cancer and offer personal health guidance. Because your digestive health is our priority, we’ve put together a quick guide on the recommended frequency of colonoscopy screenings. Keep reading and contact us today to learn more!

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What Are Colonoscopy Screenings?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure during which our gastroenterologists examine the lining of your colon and rectum using a flexible tube equipped with a camera. This procedure helps us identify and address any abnormalities, such as polyps or early signs of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy screenings are particularly beneficial because they allow you to detect issues in their earliest stages when they are most treatable.

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Age and Risk Factors

How frequently you should visit our gastrointestinal doctors depends on your age, personal medical history, and risk factors. For individuals at average risk, the American Cancer Society suggests starting regular screenings at the age of 45. However, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or certain genetic conditions, screenings might be recommended at an earlier age.

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Screening Intervals

Individuals with average risk should aim for a colonoscopy every 10 years, assuming no abnormalities are found during the procedure. However, more frequent screenings might be advised if polyps or other concerns are discovered. For those with higher risk factors, such as a family history of colorectal cancer, screenings might be recommended every five years or more frequently, depending on the specific circumstances.

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Open Communication

The board-certified Honesdale digestive doctors from Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates work closely with you to develop a screening plan that aligns with your risk factors and health goals. We encourage open communication about your health history, lifestyle, and any concerns you might have.

Regular colonoscopy screenings are a proactive step toward monitoring and protecting your digestive health. By partnering with Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates, you're entrusting your well-being to experienced specialists who prioritize preventive care and early detection. Schedule a consultation with us to determine the ideal screening schedule for you.

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