Have you heard about Cologuard, wondering what it is or if it can replace a routine colonoscopy?
Cologuard is a fairly new test designed to detect precancerous cells in the colon and rectum. It is a prescription only test so you must see a doctor to obtain the prescription before you can obtain your test kit.
The good news is that caught early,colon cancer survival rates are as high as 92%. The bad news is those desirable statistics may only apply to those who catch their cancer while it’s still in the first-stage.
When colon cancer is caught too late, the story can become all-too-common: Someone who patient did, indeed, have symptoms that raised a red flag, but he or she didn’t think they would have cancer because….
Many women think colon cancer is a men’s health issue and don’t see the need for colon screening procedures like colonoscopies.
The truth is colon cancer doesn’t play favorites and can occur in both women and men. According to the CDC, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer among women behind breast and lung cancer.
Colonoscopies for Women over the Age of 50
If you are a woman age 50 or older take the time to schedule a colonoscopy. This life-saving test can detect benign polyps that can be removed during the procedure – before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
Here’s an informative video with some more information:
Don’t wait. Talk to your doctor or contact Colon & Rectal Specialists for an appointment. After all, you don’t want to miss the chance to kiss those grandkids – and change their dirty diapers.
Have Questions About Maintaining a Healthy Colon?
It’s normal to have questions about colonoscopy screenings, colon cancer risks, and other colon-health-related topics. Contact Colon & Rectal Specialists in Richmond, VA to schedule an appointment.
“One of the best weapons we have to combat the disease is to catch cancer before it becomes cancer, and what we know is that some tissue in the form of polyp are precancerous tissue can turn into a colon cancer over time. So, by screening, we hope to eradicate cancer before it forms and also when we do screenings and we catch cancer early in the process they can be more treatable and people have a better outcome,” said Dr. Miller during the interview.
See more of Dr. Miller’s interview with Sabrina Squire from NBC12 or read more about Colon & Rectal Specialists.
You may have heard us talk about the Colon and Rectal Specialist Kinder Colonoscopywhich includes more tolerable colon prep including Split Dosing.
But what is Split Dosing and how does it benefit patients and help make the colonoscopy experience more comfortable?
To get accurate colonoscopy results, the colon must be empty as residue in the colon can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be identified.
In order to clear the colon, patients are given medications with a laxative effect. Traditionally preparing for a colonoscopy meant completing prep the night before the procedure. This usually required drinking large amounts of the solution which most people found to be uncomfortable at best.
A Split Dose prep involves drinking half of the prep solution the evening before the colonoscopy screening and the remainder the next morning.
Patients find this method easier to manage and more comfortable, and research is also showing this method may produce better results.
If you’ve been putting off a colonoscopy because you’re afraid of the prep process, contact CRS to learn more about Split Dose or pill prep options – all part of our Kinder Colonoscopy.
It is recommended that most people get their first colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer and other issues beginning at age 50. But what if colon cancer runs in your family? Should you be worried or get screened sooner?
While many factors contribute to your overall health, several common health concerns, including colon cancer, can run in families. So it is important to identify if your parents, grandparents, or other relatives suffered from colon cancer so your doctor can better evaluate your risk – even before age 50. Read more
This infographic published by The Cleveland Clinic outlines some of the top myths about colonoscopy screenings that often keep people from scheduling this lifesaving test.
Although people are talking more about colon cancer than in years past, there are still too many people not getting the simple screening test that could save thousands of lives each year. Because colon cancer is highly treatable when caught early the importance of screening and early detection is extremely important. Read more
Have you registered for the Boxer Brief 5K race to raise awareness and funds for colorectal and other cancers?
This is a fun, family-friendly event that raises thousands of dollars for a great cause. All the funds raise stay local and help support cancer education, screening and treatment efforts in our own communities.
The 5K event is an extension of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, HCB2, a non-profit organization founded by Mindy Conklin after her husband, Rich, died of colon cancer. Since forming the non-profit the number of events each year have grown, including a second Boxer Brief 5K in Blacksburg, VA earlier this year.
Colon cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States but is highly treatable when caught early. This makes education and awareness critical to saving lives.
So have you registered? Even Katie Couric supports HCB2, and while we can’t guarantee you’ll see any celebrities at the event you will see plenty of your favorite CRS providers and staff.
Register now online show up early on race day to join the fun. Or read more about how Colon and Rectal specialists works to prevent colon cancer in Central Virginia and beyond. With three convenient locations around Richmond our team of specialists provides colonoscopy screenings, treatment for colorectal cancer and more.
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States but is highly preventable. Colorectal cancer can take years to develop, so when screenings, like colonoscopies, are performed regularly they can detect changes or polyps in the colon which can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer.