Are you wondering whether or not it’s time to schedule a routine colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is something that every man and woman after a certain age should get as part of their preventive care. After all, a colonoscopy is the best and most accurate way to detect colorectal cancer during its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable. Since colorectal cancer is the third leading type of cancer in both men and women in the US (according to the American Cancer Society), it’s important to understand when to turn to our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists for a colonoscopy.
Did you just turn 50 years old? If so, then it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms or changes in the GI tract, you still need to get a colonoscopy. Of course, if you are noticing recurring symptoms such as abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, or blood in the stool, you should visit your Troy, MI, GI doctor as soon as possible. To determine the cause of your symptoms, we may need to perform a colonoscopy.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a screening and diagnostic tool that allows us to be able to get a clear and detailed picture of your large intestines. During this procedure, a small flexible tube with a camera is carefully inserted into the rectum and guided through the colon. This camera allows us to check for cancerous polyps, which we may be able to remove during the colonoscopy. If you are experiencing symptoms, a colonoscopy will allow us to look for the source of your issues, from internal hemorrhoids to ulcers.
Why is a colonoscopy so important?
This procedure is important for a number of reasons, depending on its purpose. For one, it’s an amazing tool to diagnose the cause of unexplained abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stool, and other gastrointestinal problems. A colonoscopy can also help us pinpoint the earliest signs of colon cancer so that we can treat it right away when there is less of a chance of it spreading.
Healthy men and women in their 50s should start getting routine colonoscopies. If you are at an increased risk for colon cancer, talk to us about whether it’s prudent to start getting screened earlier. If your first colonoscopy comes back normal and you are low-risk, you may not need another routine colonoscopy for a decade.
Contact Us Today!
Gastrointestinal Specialists PC in Troy, MI, is dedicated to providing you with a full range of services to diagnose or treat conditions of the gastrointestinal system, as well as the liver and pancreas. If it’s time to schedule a routine colonoscopy, call our office today at (248) 273-9930!