Congratulations on following doctor’s orders and proactively committing to your health!
One of the most notable change is lowering the age most people should begin screenings to 45 and even earlier for those with an above average or high risk of developing colon cancer.
Click the link to read the full list of colon cancer screening guidelines.
If it is time to schedule your first colonoscopy, or a follow up get in touch with Colon & Rectal specialists, the Richmond area’s colonoscopy specialists.
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.
The good news is that caught early, colon cancer survival rates are as high as 92%. The bad news is those desirable statistics may only apply to those who catch their cancer while it’s still in the first-stage.
When colon cancer is caught too late, the story can become all-too-common: Someone who patient did, indeed, have symptoms that raised a red flag, but he or she didn’t think they would have cancer because….
Many women think colon cancer is a men’s health issue and don’t see the need for colon screening procedures like colonoscopies.
The truth is colon cancer doesn’t play favorites and can occur 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.
Colonoscopies for Women over the Age of 50
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 may be removed during the procedure – before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
Here’s an informative video with some more information:
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.
Have Questions About Maintaining a Healthy Colon?
It’s normal to have questions about colonoscopy screenings, colon cancer risks, and other colon health-related topics. Contact Colon & Rectal Specialists in Richmond, VA today.
Dr. Miller from Colon and Rectal Specialists was recently featured on NBC12 Neighborhood Health Watch to talk about the importance of colonoscopy screenings.
Multiple generations of a family are more likely to gather on holidays, like Thanksgiving – often with relatives they may not see very often, or even know much about.
You may have heard us talk about the Colon and Rectal Specialist Kinder Colonoscopy which includes more tolerable colon prep including Split Dosing.
But what is Split Dosing and how does it benefit patients and help make the colonoscopy experience more comfortable?
To get accurate colonoscopy results, the colon must be empty as 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.
In order to clear the colon, patients are given medications with a laxative effect. Traditionally preparing for a colonoscopy meant completing prep the night before the procedure. This usually required drinking large amounts of the solution which most people found to be uncomfortable at best.
A Split Dose prep involves drinking half of the prep solution the evening before the colonoscopy screening and the remainder the next morning.
Patients find this method easier to manage and more comfortable, and research is also showing this method may produce better results.
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.
This infographic published by The Cleveland Clinic outlines some of the top myths about colonoscopy screenings that often keep people from scheduling this lifesaving test.
Although people are talking more about colon cancer than in years past, there are still too many people not getting the simple screening test that could save thousands of lives each year. Because colon cancer is highly treatable when caught early the importance of screening and early detection is extremely important. Read more