Colorectal cancer is often preventable through regular screenings. Colonoscopy is a thorough examination that allows a gastroenterologist to visually inspect the lining of the large intestine, or colon, for any abnormal growths including polyps and cancer. Most colon cancers develop from polyps and develop slowly over a period of years. Colon polyps may be removed at colonoscopy, preventing a colon cancer from developing from those polyps. Early detection of a colon cancer offers the best chance for effective treatment and survival. Because early stage colon cancer rarely causes symptoms, screening is most important even if you are not experiencing any problems or symptoms.
Colorectal cancer screening is recommended starting at age 45. For individuals with a family history or other risk factors, screening may start earlier.
Just the Facts
- Colon Cancer can be prevented with colonoscopy.
- Colonoscopy is the only test that can both screen for and prevent colon cancer.
- Colonoscopy prevents most colon cancers with the removal of precancerous polyps.
- In most cases, colonoscopy only needs to be performed every 10 years, beginning at age 45.
Prevention is Powerful!
Talk To your primary care provider or call us at 518-793-5034
At GI Associates, healthy men and women with no gastrointestinal symptoms may often be scheduled directly for a screening colonoscopy without the extra time and expense of a pre-procedure consultation. Our physicians perform screening colonoscopies at the Glens Falls Hospital, Northern GI Endoscopy Center and the Saratoga Surgery Center.
When your healthcare provider refers you to our practice, we will mail you our screening colonoscopy paperwork. We will call you to schedule the appointment for a colonoscopy when your paperwork has been returned to our office.