Colon Cancer


Colonoscopy is the examination of the entire colon (large intestine). It is performed by inserting a flexible lighted tube into the rectum. The procedure is used to look for early signs of Colon Cancer (polyps). It is usually done as an outpatient procedure. It requires intravenous sedation and adequate preparation to clean the colon. It is important to remember that the directions for the preparation must be followed to allow for the best exam possible. Experts agree that Colonoscopy is the best test for diagnosing Colon Cancer and finding colon polyps. The examination will take about 20 minutes to perform.

Prior to having a colonoscopy, it will be necessary for you to take a laxative solution. This will allow for the highest quality exam of your large intestine. Below is a bowel preparation that is commonly used by our physicians:

TriLyte/NuLYTELY/Peg Prep. – Morning Exam

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Colon Cancer

You can prevent Colon Cancer
Know the facts…

  • Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer killer
  • More than 140,000 new cases are diagnosed each year
  • An average of 60,000 people die annually from Colon Cancer in the United States
  • This Cancer affects men and women equally
  • A Colonoscopy is the most effective prevention for Colon Cancer
  • Colonoscopies can prevent cancer by removing pre-cancerous growths during the procedure
  • If Colon Cancer is detected early, your chance of survival exceeds 90%
  • People with an average-risk of Colorectal Cancer need to begin screening at age 50
  • People with a family history of Colorectal Cancer need to begin screening at age 40
  • Symptoms of Colon Cancer are: blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, or a sudden weight loss – although many times there are no noticeable symptoms

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