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COLONOSCOPY

Colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that is proven to save lives

FACTS ABOUT COLONOSCOPY

AND COLORECTAL CANCER

If you're age 50 or older, are in a higher risk group or if your physician has recommended a colonoscopy, you should learn more about this procedure that is proven to save lives.

 

WHY HAVE A COLONOSCOPY?

Colonoscopy is the primary screening tool used to detect early signs of colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy can detect problems in the bowel before colorectal cancer develops, and your physician can treat these problems, possibly preventing the cancer from developing.

A colonoscopy can also be used to

• Monitor or treat Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)

• Check for cause of chronic diarrhea or of iron-deficiency anemia

• Check for cause of unexplained rapid weight loss

 

COLONOSCOPY REDUCES DEATHS FROM COLORECTAL CANCER

WHO SHOULD HAVE A COLONOSCOPY?

Anyone who has been recommended to have a colonoscopy by a physician should follow their doctor's advice. If you're over 50 and have average risk — you haven't previously had colorectal cancer, don't have a family history of colorectal cancer and don't have IBD or Crohn's disease —  the American Cancer Society and federal government health guidelines recommend that you have a colonoscopy screening every 10 years so long as your results are normal.

 

RISK FACTORS

If you have any of the enhanced risk factors, you may need to begin screening earlier than age 50 — in some cases as early as age 10 — as recommended by your doctor. According to the American Cancer Society these risk factors include:

• Personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps

• Family history of colorectal cancer or polyps

• Irritable Bowel Disease

• Crohn's Disease

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND COLORECTAL SCREENING

African Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age than other ethnic groups and African Americans have a lower survival rate compared with other groups. For these reasons, physician experts from the American College of Gastroenterology recommend that African Americans begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 45 rather than age 50.

 

WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY?

 

WHY SCHEDULE YOUR COLONOSCOPY

AT DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA

Studies have shown that who performs your colonoscopy is critically  important. Trained gastroenterologists with lengthy experience performing colonoscopies have been shown to find more abnormal polyps and their patients are less likely to develop fatal colorectal cancer.

Dr. Seela, Dr. Sheela, Dr. Ramesh and Dr. Larach have decades of experience in performing and interpreting the results of colonoscopy procedures. Additionally, both the doctors and the on-site Endo-Surgical Center of Florida are certified by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy — the preeminent professional society for physicians who perform colonoscopies.

 

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