Colonoscopy Screening Tests
Colonoscopy screening tests are critical in saving lives. In fact, it is estimated that at least 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided with regular colon screenings. But as it stands, colon cancer claims 50,000 lives each year, making it the second leading cancer killer in the U.S.
Here is some helpful advice you’ll want to know as you’re considering a colonoscopy.
When should you get a colonoscopy?
Both men and women ages 50 and older should begin colonoscopy screening every 5 years. After the initial screening, most healthy people with a lower risk of colon cancer may be able to extend screenings up to 10 years apart.
If you have a family history of colon cancer, it is important to consider more frequent screenings even before 50 years of age. Check with your doctor to plan out a reasonable schedule for your situation.
Finally, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of colon cancer, you will want to consult your doctor to order a colonoscopy screening test.
Symptoms of Colon Cancer
The CDC estimates that 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year. Here are several symptoms you’ll want to look out for:
- Blood in or on stool (bowel movements).
- Prolonged stomachaches, pains, or cramps.
- Abnormal loss of weight.
Most people do not experience symptoms of colon cancer in the early stages of the disease, so it’s important to get regular colonoscopy screening even if you experience no symptoms.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Colonoscopy screenings can detect colorectal cancer at its earliest stages, when the chance of survival is highest. Many people do not even experience symptoms during these beginning phases. Without a screening, they wouldn’t realize they have a problem until the cancer has developed.
But thanks to the newest digital colonoscopy screening equipment in our region, Trinity Health System Twin City Medical Center surgical professionals are often able to discover – and treat – colon cancer before it even develops.
What is a Doctor Checking for During a Colonoscopy?
Our Board Certified General Surgeon checks for polyps, abnormal growths inside the rectum and colon. When caught early enough, these cancer-causing polyps can be removed during the colonoscopy, so additional surgery is not required. Some cancers can also be removed during your colonoscopy screening.
How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
Preparations for colonoscopies vary from patient to patient. When you schedule your screening with us, our friendly professionals will walk you through the preparations specific to your needs.
Thanks to great advancements in technology and medicine in recent years, preparations have become much more comfortable. We strive to make your screening test pleasant and stress-free. Call us at 740-922-7480 to schedule an appointment to with our surgeon so that he and his staff may set up a colonoscopy screening for you.
Are Colonoscopies Covered by Insurance?
Many insurance plans and Medicare help pay for colonoscopy screening tests. Our hospital financial counselor is available to help you understand your coverage if you are unsure what is covered under your plan.
Schedule Your Colonoscopy Here
If your doctor has ordered a colonoscopy, our experienced staff is ready to assist you with the best care available. Call us at 740-922-7480 to schedule your colonoscopy screening test.