Like many forms of cancer, colorectal cancer (cancers of the colon and rectum) are most treatable when detected as early as possible. In fact, many cases of colon cancer can be prevented through early detection of pre-cancerous polyps in the colon. A colonoscopy is a screening test designed to detect polyps and abnormalities in the colon (the large intestine) before they can potentially develop into colon cancer. The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando offer diagnostic testing and treatment for colon cancer and other diseases of the digestive system.
Schedule a Colonoscopy in Orlando, FL
Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. Some people are at a higher risk of colorectal cancers due to factors like family history among others. Adults with a normal or average risk profile for colon and rectal cancers are advised to begin screenings between ages 45 and 50 (people considered at high risk may need to begin screening earlier).
What a Colonoscopy Can Do
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that allows a gastroenterologist (a doctor that specializes in diseases and illnesses of the digestive system) to take pictures and look inside your colon for lesions and potentially pre-cancerous growths known as polyps. The test is performed on an outpatient basis at the doctor's office using an instrument called a colonoscope, a thin flexible tube equipped with a camera that allows the doctor to examine the entire colon and rectum for any abnormalities.
If suspicious-looking tissue or polyps are found during a colonoscopy, they can be removed at the same time and sent for testing (biopsy), making the procedure an important tool in preventing colon cancer before it can grow and spread to other tissue and organs.
Find a Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL
For more information about colon health and cancer screenings, contact Digestive and Liver Center of Florida today by calling (407) 384-7388 to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist today.