Don’t Wait. Get Your Colonoscopy Now.
The month of March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Approximately 50,000 people die every year from colorectal cancer, so during the month of March, cancer organizations and physicians dedicate themselves to educating their patients about the critical importance of proper colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer – cancer of the rectum and colon cancer – are highly treatable when caught early. You do not have to become a statistic. If you are age 50 or older or have a family history of colorectal cancer, you should schedule a colonoscopy.
What Does a Colonoscopy Entail?
A colonoscopy, or lower GI, is a simple outpatient procedure. Prior to the test, your doctor will prescribe you a medication that will help you completely empty your bowels. The next day, you will be sedated fir the procedure, which takes about 30-60 minutes depending on whether you have polyps that need removed or also need a biopsy of the colon. Your physician will insert a thin, flexible tube into your anus and guide it up through your rectum and colon. The tube contains a camera and a light, allowing the doctor to carefully inspect – and often treat – any irregularities.
Who Needs a Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Colorectal cancer screening is essential, and there are other diagnostic tests that can be done instead of or in conjunction with a colonoscopy, including a colon cancer blood test screening. While there is no known cause for colorectal cancer, early detection is the best course of action for ensuring a good outcome. The risk of developing colorectal cancer is higher in people who are over 50, people who have a family history of colon cancer, smokers, and heavy alcohol users.
If you’ve been putting off your colorectal cancer screening, visit a colonoscopy doctor at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.