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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 you should be screened

Colonoscopy screenings save lives by finding and removing precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—before they develop into cancer. This screening tool also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

Colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. A colonoscopy screening is recommended beginning at age 45, age 45 for African Americans, or earlier if there is a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or relevant symptoms.

Early detection is vital — over 80% of all cases of colorectal cancer can be prevented with recommended screening.

A clean colon is the key to a successful colonoscopy

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.
 
Polyps are small growths on the surface of the colon. Polyps shaped like mushrooms are easy to see during a colonoscopy while flat ones are harder to see, especially if the colon is not clean. Some flat polyps tend to grow into cancer faster than other types.
 
If the patient has a clean colon then the physician can spend more time carefully examining the colon instead of trying to wash away any waste which means the patient will not have to come in for a repeat procedure.

During a colonoscopy, physicians are not looking for just cancer but also slight lesions that can turn into cancer. It’s important to follow the physician’s instructions in preparing for a colonoscopy.

GANV wants to help you stay cancer-free

Still leery of getting a colonoscopy? We encourage you to talk to people who have had the screening. Most will admit that the prep and procedure were not nearly as bad as they had imagined, and the resulting peace of mind is well worth it.

At GANV, scheduling your first 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 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. Regardless of the findings, a prompt, detailed report is sent to your primary care physician.

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Call us at 703-698-8960.

If you would like to request a Direct Access Packet be sent to you, please call 703-698-8960.

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.