Colon Cancer Screening
With more than 200,000 cases in the United States annually, colon cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer. In fact, it is the third most common form of cancer in men and the fourth most common in women. Fortunately, colon cancer grows more slowly than most forms of cancer, so if it is diagnosed early, it can usually be treated successfully.
While there are some symptoms of colon cancer you can look out for – such as unexplained weight loss, persistent fatigue, cramping or discomfort in the lower abdomen, and blood in your stool – colon cancer is best diagnosed with a colonoscopy.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows a physician to insert a camera into the large intestine and look for issues like abnormal growths, inflamed areas, polyps, and ulcers. Polyps, which can lead to cancer, can be removed safely and painlessly during the colonoscopy procedure.
Regular colonoscopies, performed every three to five years, are highly effective at diagnosing colon cancer early due to its slow growth rate, typically leading to successful treatment. They are also effective at preventing colon cancer because polyps can be removed before they turn into cancerous growths.
While recommendations may vary based on an individual’s family history and specific health circumstances, most physicians recommend starting regular colonoscopies around age 50, followed by regular follow up procedures.
The Center for Advanced Gastroenterology
At the Center for Advanced Gastroenterology, we have dedicated our practice to providing effective diagnostic and treatment solutions for issues of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and liver for our patients. These issues include such conditions as:
- Viral hepatitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Persistent diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Acid reflux/GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Gastritis/abdominal pain
- Severe nausea
- Ulcerative colitis
Convenient Locations and Caring Staff
In addition to the treatment we provide, we are also committed to your physical and emotional comfort. We have six locations throughout Central Florida for your convenience, and our highly specialized physicians and clinical staff members take the time to listen to you and make sure you understand your diagnosis and any treatment we may prescribe.
The procedures we offer include:
- Diagnostic colonoscopy
- Colon cancer screening
- Upper endoscopy
- Capsule endoscopy
- Banding of internal hemorrhoids