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.
“One of the best weapons we have to combat the disease is to catch cancer before it becomes cancer, and what we know is that some tissue in the form of polyp are precancerous tissue can turn into a colon cancer over time. So, by screening, we hope to eradicate cancer before it forms and also when we do screenings and we catch cancer early in the process they can be more treatable and people have a better outcome,” said Dr. Miller during the interview.
See more of Dr. Miller’s interview with Sabrina Squire from NBC12 or read more about Colon & Rectal Specialists.
You may have heard us talk about the Colon and Rectal Specialist Kinder Colonoscopywhich 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.
If you’ve been putting off a colonoscopy because you’re afraid of the prep process, contact CRS to learn more about Split Dose or pill prep options – all part of our Kinder Colonoscopy.
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