One of the most common question we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?
When prepping for a colonoscopy your doctor has probably talked to you about how important the bowel prep process is for accurate results. Residue left behind can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be seen as clearly or even missed.
It is recommended that most people get their first colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer and other issues beginning at age 50. But what if colon cancer runs in your family? Should you be worried or get screened sooner?
While many factors contribute to your overall health, several common health concerns, including colon cancer, can run in families. So it is important to identify if your parents, grandparents, or other relatives suffered from colon cancer so your doctor can better evaluate your risk – even before age 50. Read more
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a disorder that may affect up to 30 percent of all Americans at some time during their lives. It is reported that 1 in 7 Americans are living with IBS, which makes it a very common health issue.
In 2016 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 95,270 new colon cancer cases. The number of cases has continued to rise, making colorectal cancer the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, estimating 49,190 deaths in 2016.
Lauren is a Colon Cancer survivors. She was diagnosed at the age of 22 by Dr. Cary Gentry who performed surgery at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital. Today Lauren is cancer free, healthy and sharing her story with others. Read more
For most people, the term colonoscopy doesn’t exactly conjure up happy thoughts, especially when it comes to colonoscopy prep, but it really isn’t as bad as most people think.
Prep is important to clean out the colon before the colonoscopy. Residue in the colon can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be identified. Read more
Have you heard about Cologuard, wondering what it is or if it can replace a routine colonoscopy?
Cologuard is a fairly new test designed to detect precancerous cells in the colon and rectum. It is a prescription only test so you must see a doctor to obtain the prescription before you can obtain your test kit.
Many women think colon cancer is a men’s issue and don’t see the need for screening procedures like colonoscopies.
The truth is colon cancer doesn’t play favorites. It occurs in both women and men. According to the CDC colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer among women behind breast and lung cancer.
If you are a woman age 50 or older take the time to schedule a colonoscopy. This life saving test can detect benign polyps that can be removed during the procedure – before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
Don’t wait. Talk to your doctor or contact Colon & Rectal Specialists for an appointment. After all you don’t want to miss the chance to kiss those grandkids – and change their dirty diapers.