This simple diagnostic tool could end up saving your life.
You keep hearing about the importance of a colonoscopy and how everyone needs to get one, but perhaps you don’t understand why this procedure is so important. A colonoscopy allows our Orlando, FL, gastroenterologists to be able to go inside the colon (a part of the large intestines) to be able to diagnose, treat and even prevent certain problems within the lower intestinal tract. You may need to schedule a colonoscopy if,
You’re Dealing with Stomach Problems
One of the most common reasons people get a colonoscopy here at our Orlando, FL, practice is that they are dealing with certain intestinal problems that require additional testing to be able to make a definitive diagnosis. By being able to go inside the colon we can often find the culprit behind your abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, bowel changes, or chronic constipation.
You Just Turned 50
It’s important that everyone, no matter their gender or risk factor for colorectal cancer, gets a routine colonoscopy around the time they turn 50 years old. The good news is that most insurance companies cover a routine colonoscopy screening for your 50th birthday. While it might not be the birthday gift you imagined this screening, could save your life and help you blow out many more birthday candles in the future.
You Have a Family History of Colorectal Cancer
If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or even colon polyps, it’s even more important that you get routine colonoscopies. Talk with our Orlando, FL, GI doctor about whether you should start getting screened earlier than 50.
You Have a Personal History of Colon Polyps
If your gastroenterologist has performed a colonoscopy on you in the past and removed colon polyps before then it’s important that you are coming in every few years for routine colonoscopies. While some polyps are benign, some can turn into cancer. By catching them early and removing them during your colonoscopy we can reduce your risk for colon cancer.
You Are at an Increased Risk for Colorectal Cancer
There are certain risk factors that can increase your risk of colorectal cancer. Some of these factors like genetics and age cannot be altered; however, many lifestyle factors can. These habits include,
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- A poor diet high in processed meats and saturated fats and low in fiber
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Being overweight or obese
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) these conditions can also increase your chances for colorectal cancer.
With offices in Orlando, Kissimmee and Oviedo, FL, Digestive and Liver Center of Florida is your premier gastroenterology practice here in Central Florida. To schedule a colonoscopy or evaluation call us at (407) 384-7388.