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Posts for tag: Colon Cancer

By Gastrointestinal Specialists, PC
October 08, 2018

Colon CancerColon cancer affects thousands of Americans. More than 95,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, according to American Cancer Society's statistics. One of the best ways to detect colon cancer is by visiting your Troy, MI, doctor for a video capsule endoscopy.

Video Capsule Endoscopy Screening:

This capsule has a small camera that's swallowed by patients and flows through their digestive system. This is a wireless technology that transmits several pictures using a small recording device. Your doctor downloads the images to examine if there are potential tumors, or sources of bleeding or pain.

It's a painless and non-invasive procedure that helps people detect early stages of cancer and is recommended for adults ages 50 to 75, according to the CDC.

In addition to colon cancer screening, this procedure detects:

  • Polyps
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease)
  • Ulcers
  • Tumors in the small intestine

Colon Cancer Symptoms According to Your Troy Doctor:

Symptoms aren't always obvious. Here are the symptoms you need to keep an eye out for according to the doctors in Anchorage and Eagle River:

  • Bowel Habit Changes: If you are suffering from Colon constipation, or diarrhea, for more than four weeks, that may be a sign of cancer.
  • Incomplete Evacuation: If there are constant bowel movements, even if you've just had a bowel movement, then you need to contact your doctor.
  • Fatigue: Colon cancer results in patients feeling weak and fatigued.
  • Weight Loss: Unexplained weight loss.
  • Blood in Your Stool: Hemorrhoids are usually accompanied by blood in stool, but may also be a sign of a more serious condition like cancer.

Scheduling an Appointment:

If you would like more information on video capsule endoscopy and how it can help you, don't hesitate to contact the doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists. If you are in Troy, MI, call to schedule an appointment today at (248) 273-9930!

By Gastrointestinal Specialists, PC
November 30, 2017
Tags: Colon Cancer  

Are you approaching the age of 50? If you are, you must add important health screening to your "to do" list. Yes, the American Society of colon cancerGastrointestinal Endoscopy says that people 50 and older should have their colons, or large intestines, tested for cancer. At Gastrointestinal Specialists, board-certified physicians provide you with the latest in gastroenterology diagnostics and treatments right on premises in Troy, MI. Learn here about the whys and hows of this important and life-saving test.

The numbers cannot be ignored

Some people think colonoscopy screening is simply unnecessary. However, health statistics tell a different story. The American Cancer Society states that more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer are discovered every year in the United States. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute also says that the number of cases found in people under fifty is rising.

So video-monitored colonoscopy remains the gold standard in diagnosing this potentially deadly cancer. Other less reliable exams include flexible sigmoidoscopy, stool blood test and digital rectal exam. Your board-certified gastroenterologist in Troy likely will recommend you receive a complete colonoscopy every ten years and more frequently if your test reveals benign or pre-cancerous polyps.

The prep is important

While bowel preparation for colonoscopy varies a bit from doctor to doctor, the aim of any pre-test medication is a totally cleansed bowel. One day before your test, you will consume only clear liquids, such as tea, broth and apple juice, and then drink laxatives in the amount prescribed by your physician. You must avoid anything with red or purple dye content.

The test itself

It lasts about 45 minutes. You will be sedated and likely will remember little of your exam afterward. The doctor gently introduces a flexible, lighted tube into your rectum and advances it through the intestine. The tube has a tiny camera on the end and sends live pictures to a monitor in the treatment room.

These pictures reveal any abnormalities, and also your doctor can take biopsies and remove polyps as needed. Afterwards, a friend or loved one must drive you home.

State of the art

At Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, expect gentle, kind and accurate gastroenterology testing right in our own Endoscopy Center. Are you turning 50? Why not call the office to ask about screening for colon cancer? Phone (248) 273-9930.