Although you may have heard of a colonoscopy, how much do you actually know about the procedure? Colon cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed types of cancer in the United States, and it’s also one of the most deadly. Fortunately, colon cancer is a highly treatable disease if it is diagnosed early. Dr. Kamrava offers a fast track colonoscopy option for his patients so that they have quick and easy access to the life-saving colon cancer screening.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy allows a colorectal surgeon to view the large intestine and monitor the organ for any tumors or polyps. It’s an important procedure because it is considered the most effective way to screen for colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, your colorectal surgeon will insert a colonoscope into the rectum in order to screen the large intestine with a camera. Although you may be apprehensive about the process, you will be sedated and your doctor will aim to make you as comfortable as possible. There are comprehensive benefits of a colonoscopy that outweigh any fears you may have about the procedure.
If you have had gastrointestinal discomfort for an extended period of time, and symptoms such as bloody stool, rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal pain, or changes in bowel habits, please seek guidance from a medical professional as soon as possible. Diagnostic colonoscopy can help determine the source of your symptoms, and it will help the doctor assess your condition. The need for a colonoscopy does not necessarily indicate that you have colon cancer.
Once someone experiences symptoms of colon cancer, the disease has likely progressed to a more advanced stage—that’s why preventative colonoscopy is so important. If the disease is caught before it has had a chance to develop, treatment has a higher success rate. Early-stage colon cancer can be treated and cured, while advanced-stage colon cancer presents more complications. Starting at age 50, individuals should get their first colonoscopy to screen for any abnormalities and get subsequent colonoscopies every 10 years. If a family member has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you should get your first colonoscopy 10 years prior to the age that he or she was at the time of his or her diagnosis.
Colon Cancer Screenings
One key aspect of a colonoscopy is the procedure’s ability to help prevent colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, polyps can be removed and tissue can be biopsied for pre-cancerous cells. When pre-cancerous polyps are removed during colonoscopy, your surgeon can actually prevent cancer from developing in the future.
Learn More About a Colonoscopy With Dr. Kamrava!
When you’re ready to find out more about the benefits of a colonoscopy, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Kamrava is an experienced colorectal surgeon who is happy to answer all of your questions about preventative or diagnostic colonoscopy. He’ll provide peace of mind as you discuss all aspects of the procedure. To schedule a consultation, call 424.279.8222 today!