At least 80% of people diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history of the disease, and most have no symptoms. Colon cancer screening by The Gastroenterology Group can find the disease in its early stages, the point when it’s easily treated. A 20-minute colonoscopy at the Digestive Health Center or outpatient hospital setting can give you answers and peace of mind. Healthy adults can even schedule a colonoscopy without an office visit beforehand. Book your appointment at their Akron, Ohio office online or call the office to schedule your colonoscopy now.
Colon cancer screening checks for signs of colon cancer, including both precancerous growths (polyps) and the disease itself. This screening often detects cancer in its early forms before you even have any symptoms.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Americans today, so it’s a common disease. But it’s also preventable and highly treatable if discovered and treated in the early stages. Colon cancer screening can find a potentially fatal disease early enough to save your life.
The most commonly used colon cancer screening is colonoscopy. During this procedure, a thin tube moves through your anus, rectum, and large intestine, collecting pictures as it goes.
A colonoscopy can detect precancerous tissue in the intestine. If the colonoscopy detects polyps, your doctor can remove them during the procedure.
The process takes around 20 minutes. The Gastroenterology Group allows healthy adults who don’t have any current gastrointestinal symptoms to schedule their colonoscopy without needing an appointment beforehand.
The American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommend that people with an average risk of colon cancer begin screening at 45.
If you have a higher risk of colon cancer because of your family history or your own history of gastroenterological problems, you might need to schedule your first colonoscopy at 40 or possibly before. The Gastroenterology Group provides individualized recommendations based on your personal needs and medical history.
Colonoscopy is effective for colon cancer screening only if you have clean bowels before the test. So The Gastroenterology Group provides specific colon prep information two days before your colonoscopy.
Colon cancer screening prep includes following a clear liquid diet and using medications to clear out your bowels and reduce stomach gas. If you take any medications, including over-the-counter drugs and insulin or dietary supplements, you’ll receive specific directions for temporarily changing dosage if needed.
Up to 85% of colon cancer is preventable through colonoscopy. Book your appointment now online or call The Gastroenterology Group to schedule a colonoscopy.