Direct Access

Colon cancer is one of the most detectable, preventable and treatable cancers!

So why is it the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.?

Because people don’t take advantage of the most effective screening tool available—the colonoscopy. If everyone 45 years and older was screened regularly, as many as 80% of these deaths could be prevented*.

Why schedule a screening?

Early detection of colon cancer could save your life. Over 80% of all colon cancer cases could be prevented through a screening colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. This screening is typically covered by health insurance at age 50; however, the American Cancer Society and Aetna recommends screening at the age of 45, particularly for African Americans.

If caught early enough, colon cancer is treatable. If you have relevant symptoms, inflammatory bowel disease or a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, please call us today at (703) 698-8960. Colonoscopy is one of the most powerful weapons against colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, your doctor can find and remove pre-cancerous polyps -abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—before they develop into cancer.  

What is Direct Access Colonoscopy?

At GANV, scheduling a colonoscopy is easy and convenient. Available for patients with no symptoms, Direct Access Colonoscopy does not require a preliminary office visit. Prescreening, prep and paperwork are handled by phone, fax, patient portal and mail. Your GANV physician will talk with you before and after the procedure, and if results are normal, a follow-up office appointment is not necessary. Patients receive colonoscopy results directly through our secure patient portal. Regardless of the findings, a prompt, detailed report is also sent to your primary care physician.

To get started, simply print your Direct Access packet, fax back to (571) 210-5002 and a Direct Access Coordinator will contact you shortly to schedule your appointment. 

DIRECT ACCESS PACKET (Click here to print)

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Direct Access Colonoscopy. Please feel free to call us at (703) 698-8960 to see if Direct Access Colonoscopy is right for you.

If you would prefer we mail a packet to you with a return envelope, please click here to submit your request. 

For the status of your submitted Direct Access Packet, please contact the Direct Access Administrator at 703-698-8960 Ext 1768.

If you have received a phone call regarding your colonoscopy appointment and wish to schedule, reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact the Direct Access Scheduler at (703) 698-8960 Ext 1806.

Colonoscopy Frequently Asked Questions 

A clean colon is the most important part of a successful colonoscopy. The patient’s goal should be to get their colon as clean as the palm of their hand using a colonoscopy prep. If the colonoscopy prep is not properly performed, and the patient’s colon is not completely clean, the danger is that the physician will not see important, possibly cancer-causing polyps.