Colon cancer is one of the leading forms of cancers along with breast and lung cancer. Colon cancer could be prevented by having a screening colonoscopy. Regular screening is recommended at age 50 for both men and women. Reasons for having a colonoscopy prior to age 50 include but are not limited to: Family history of colon cancer Family history of colon polyps Blood in your stool Altered bowel habits (i.e. chronic diarrhea, constipation) Abdominal pain or discomfort, particularly if associated with weight loss or anemia Colitis (Crohns or Ulcerative) Unexplained weight loss Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Physician to have a screening colonoscopy? In most cases a referral is not needed. Most insurance companies do not require a referral, however if you are unsure please contact your insurance provider. What is the biggest obstacle to someone having a colonoscopy? Fear of the procedure or findings After completion of the colonoscopy your physician will share his preliminary findings with you and your family member. Biopsies may have been taken during the procedure and the results will take several days to be processed. Embarrassment Most people have expressed some concern about being exposed or passing gas, sharing secrets etc. It is our commitment to make every attempt to respect your privacy. As your advocate our staff will treat you in a professional and courteous manner. Colon cancer screening saves lives. Please dont let fear or embarrassment keep you from taking the necessary steps to ensure your good health.
5 Recent GI-Driven Center Openings & Plans
Neville Bamji, MD, and Savreet Sarkaria, MD, will practice at the Scarsdale location, while the practice’s other gastroenterologists will practice at the New York City location. Hallmark Health Medical Associates has opened a new location for its gastroenterology practice in Stoneham, Mass. The location will offer diagnostic procedures and treatment for conditions including IBD, gastroesophageal reflux disease and ulcers. In September, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Georgia intends to open a medical office featuring gastroenterology services. The location will also offer urgent care, urology, cardiology and pediatric services. Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., and Michigan Endoscopy Center in Farmington Hills have received a certificate of need for a joint venture endoscopy center on the hospital’s campus. The center is expected to open in December. Concord Township, Ohio-based Lake Health has opened its Bariatric Surgery Center. Aviv Ben-Meir, MD, will lead the surgical team. More Articles on Gastroenterology: