Early detection is so important for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is recommended for everyone over the age of 50 to have a colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, the physician is able to examine the lining of the rectum and colon using a long, flexible tube. This allows the physician to look for abnormalities such as inflamed tissue, ulcers, bleeding, or growths. They are also able to screen for polyps, which could be a precursor to colon cancer. During this procedure, the physician can remove any abnormal growths or tissue that needs to be tested.
To prepare for a colonoscopy, the bowel must be completely emptied. Preparation can take 1-2 days, and can often be harder on patients than the actual procedure. There are a variety of preparation methods available today, and our physicians will work with you to find the one that’s right for you. Our goal is to make this procedure as quick and as comfortable for you as possible.
Learn more about screenings and early detection for colon cancer.