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Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer With Regular Screenings
Did you know that nearly one in every 23 adults in the United States will develop colon cancer in his or her lifetime? Research has confirmed that a colonoscopy is the best way to detect masses, colon polyps, and colon cancer early, and even prevent colon cancer. While colon cancer remains one of the deadliest forms of cancer, when detected early by a colonoscopy doctor, it’s also one of the most treatable.
The gastroenterology specialists at Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates are committed to helping patients with the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. Utilizing state-of-the-art screening technology, our highly-trained staff and doctors take great care in ensuring that you are comfortable throughout the examination procedure.
Reasons to Schedule a Colon Cancer Screening
Early detection is key to preventing colorectal cancer
Colonoscopy procedures are quick and painless
A colonoscopy can potentially save your life
You typically only need one colon cancer screening every ten years
Our colonoscopy doctors go the necessary lengths to ensure your comfort
When many people come across the word colonoscopy, they almost immediately associate it with an uncomfortable and embarrassing procedure rather than a potentially life-saving exam. A colonoscopy is something that most people would rather skip. However, with the proper preparation and knowledge, the procedure is not as scary and humiliating as most people initially think.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that doctors use as a method of routine or diagnostic screening for colon cancer. The procedure lets your gastroenterology specialist look into your large intestine to detect polyps or diseases of the intestines, inflamed tissue, ulcers, and bleeding. The entire exam takes only about a half-hour and patients are typically provided with medicine to help them relax during the procedure. Your colonoscopy doctor will then discuss with you how often this procedure needs to be done depending on your personal risk for colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, a colonoscopy screening is recommended for anyone 50 years of age and older (45 for African Americans), and for those that have a family history of colon polyps or cancer.
What To Expect
During the procedure, your doctor’s goal is to ensure your comfort. Once the sedative settles in, the doctor will begin the procedure. During the procedure, your doctor will use a flexible, slim tube which is carefully inserted through the rectum and moved gently around the bends of the colon and to the large intestine, looking for any abnormalities while examining the lining. This tool gives your doctor the ability to detect any issues and any early signs of colorectal cancer. Once the procedure is complete, you will be taken to a recovery area until the effects of the sedation have faded away. Your colonoscopy doctor will then give you the results of your colonoscopy and provide any additional information you may request.
How To Prep For A Colonoscopy
The success of the colonoscopy depends on the quality of the preparation. In order to ensure an effective procedure and to avoid the need to retest, your bowel needs to be thoroughly cleansed. You’ll be provided with specific instructions for proper bowel preparation. Colonoscopy preparation typically includes taking a pill or liquid laxative, avoiding solid foods, and drinking only clear liquids a day or two before the procedure is scheduled. The preparation instructions for your procedure may vary depending on your medical history, so it is best to strictly follow the instructions you’re given to ensure a successful procedure. If you have questions about colorectal cancer or getting a colonoscopy, contact the gastroenterology specialists at Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates