Colonoscopy is a test where a Gastroenterologist inserts a flexible high resolution tube like instrument called “Colonoscope” into the colon to check for various diseases that affect the colon such as Colon cancer, Colon Polyps, Colitis, Diverticulosis, Hemorrhoids and etc. Colon diseases typically present as Blood in the stools, diarrhea, constipation, pencil like stools, abdominal pain, weight loss, bloating, gas, stool seepage, pain in the anus and more. Click here to learn more.
Of all the cancers that affect both men and women colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US and the third most common cancer in men and women.
As per the 2013 numbers (the most numbers available)
- 136,119 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 71,099 men and 65,020 women
- 51,813 people in the United States died from colorectal cancer, including 27,230 men and 24,583 women
Here are the common myths and beliefs that may keep you from scheduling your colonoscopy. But we want to educate you so that you can make intelligent health decisions for yourself and your family.
FIVE year survival is 90% if colon cancer is diagnosed early, survival rate is 68% if there is regional disease ie. spread to lymph nodes and only 10% if there are distant metastasis.
I don't need a colonoscopy
It will hurt
It will be too embarrassing
The preparation is too difficult
What if they find something?
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The best gift for you and your family… A Colon Cancer free life
Over many decades Colonoscopy has been proven to save lives by finding and removing precancerous and cancerous colon polyps. Give yourself and your loved the Best Gift… The gift of a healthy long life. Call you gastroenterologist today to schedule your colonoscopy.