Colonoscopy Overview

As we prepare for the end of the year, it is important to schedule your colonoscopy screenings. These lifesaving and preventive procedures can detect colon cancer before it happens!

Colon cancer is a malignant growth that arises from the lining of the colon or rectum. Benign polyp growth may be indicative of colon cancer. Colon cancer can occur sporadically. However, colon cancer can also occur heretically through genetic abnormalities transmitted from a parent. Incidence rates increase with advancing age. It is never too early to get screened, however, colon cancer is most commonly seen in people over age 50.

A colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine, also known as the colon. In patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, a colonoscopy can be used to identify and treat the source of the bleeding. Prior to the procedure, the patient ingests a potent laxative preparation to evacuate all stool from the colon.

After proper sedation, a long, flexible instrument is inserted into the rectum and carefully advanced to the cecum. As the instrument is withdrawn, the lining of the colon is carefully inspected by the physician.

For more information or to speak with our board certified gastrointestinal specialists, please contact us today. We look forward to serving you!