Colononscopy and Colon Cancer Screening Options
Why do I need to have a colon cancer screening?
Colon cancer is 90% preventable if detected early. According to the American Cancer Society 49,190 deaths from Colorectal Cancer are expected in 2016. During your screening your physician is looking for precancerous polyps so he can remove them before they become cancerous. Your physician is also looking for cancer so he can treat it early. Removal of pre-cancerous colon polyps is an important means of preventing colorectal cancer.
Learn more about polyps from Dr. Ibach
What is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the lining of the entire colon (large bowel) using a flexible instrument, the colonoscope. Your Borland-Groover Clinic physician may recommend Colonoscopy because of unexplained rectal bleeding, unexplained pain, to evaluate a condition such as inflammatory bowel disease, or because of a history of colon polyps in you or in a close relative, or in the evaluation to rule out colon cancer. This is an outpatient procedure which generally lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Tumors or early cancers can be detected and removed during Colonoscopy, thereby avoiding surgery and saving lives. Colon Cancer Screening is one of the best ways to prevent and detect colon cancer.
The following tests are recommended by American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for colon cancer screening.
Learn more about these colon cancer screening options on Borland-Groover Clinic’s website.