Find out when a routine colonoscopy is recommended.
Has one of our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists recommended getting a colonoscopy? Wondering if this procedure is something everyone should get? Perhaps you’ve heard news reports talking about the importance of getting a colonoscopy and why everyone should. Maybe you’re wondering if it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy for yourself. Find out when you should consider getting this procedure.
What is a colonoscopy?
This diagnostic exam is the best way for our Troy, MI, GI doctors to check the health of your gastrointestinal tract. We use a small scope with a camera attached and direct it into the rectum and gently through the colon (lower intestinal tract). The camera allows us to look for polyps or other symptoms of colorectal cancer. This is by far the most effective way to detect colorectal cancer and even healthy individuals should get colonoscopies at a certain point.
When might someone need a colonoscopy?
There are many reasons why a colonoscopy may be recommended. Did you just turn 50 years old? If so, then you may want to add a colonoscopy to your routine preventive health care. These screenings could protect you against colorectal cancer, and both men and women should get them. Since African-Americans are at a higher risk of developing this type of cancer, it might be a good idea to come in starting around 45 years old.
Also, if you have a personal or family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer then you may want to get a colonoscopy more regularly. When you come in for a consultation, we will be able to determine just have often you should come based on your risk factors and the results of past colonoscopies.
If you are dealing with rectal bleeding, unexplained abdominal pain or weight loss, or other gastrointestinal issues, then a colonoscopy may be the best way to detect the cause of your symptoms. If we find any polyps or suspicious growths during your colonoscopy, we can often remove them and biopsy them during this procedure.
Do you have questions about an upcoming colonoscopy? Want to schedule your next visit? Then call Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, today. Whether you are dealing with symptoms or just turned 50, getting a routine colonoscopy could just save your life.