3 Common Questions Answered For Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon cancer isn't always a front running topic at home, but it's Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so it's time to open up the dialogue! As you naturally age, you'll need to start paying more attention to this part of your body. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer, then it's imperative you have screenings because it is a very detectable cancer, as well as one that can be prevented and treated when caught early.

Here we review a few common questions and answers that people ask during Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

#1: Why do I need a colon cancer screening?

Colon cancer screenings are vital to detecting if there is anything abnormal going on with this area of your body. The sooner a physician identifies any issues, the better chances you have of treating and recovering from the disease. Even if don’t notice symptoms, if you have increased risks due to family medical history, you are older than fifty, or you’re African American, you’ll want to make sure you stay on top of these screenings.

#2: What can I expect from a colonoscopy?

Before a colonoscopy begins, you'll discuss with your doctor things like the current medication you're taking, and you'll be given information to review in case you need to follow a specific diet before the procedure. The doctor will discuss the cleaning process with you because the rectum and colon will need to be clean and empty for the procedure. You'll also want to line up a ride home from someone you know because you'll get a sedative during the test.

Once the colonoscopy starts, it will generally take around thirty minutes to an hour, and your health will be monitored like your breathing and heart rate, as well as your blood pressure.

Once you're ready, the lubricated colonoscope will be placed in the rectum, and the physician will look at the inner wall to see if they detect anything abnormal. If they do, they will take a small sample to test and learn whether it is cancer or benign. Your physician will go over any side effects that may occur after the screening is complete such as gas pains and possible bloating. 

#3: What physician should I go to for a colon cancer screening?

When it comes to your colon, you'll want to see a doctor that specializes in Gastroenterology. At Gastro Health, we take the health of your colon seriously, and we make the process of setting up an appointment for a colonoscopy simple. Our specialized physicians communicate with clarity and provide a comfortable environment so that you get individualized treatment that puts you at ease.

We use state of the art equipment and pay acute attention to the details. Being prompt and precise is essential to you getting exceptional care, and we welcome any questions about colon cancer screenings. Let Colon Cancer Awareness Month inspire you to put your health front and center and schedule an appointment with us today!

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