Dr. Miller from Colon and Rectal Specialists was recently featured on NBC12 Neighborhood Health Watch to talk about the importance of colonoscopy screenings.
Multiple generations of a family are more likely to gather on holidays, like Thanksgiving – often with relatives they may not see very often, or even know much about.
You may have heard us talk about the Colon and Rectal Specialist Kinder Colonoscopy which 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.
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.
Because genetics do play a role, CRS is using the newest technology to screen patients with a family history of colon cancer.
“Our updated colonoscopy equipment allow us to detect polyps and other pathology with greater accuracy. The High Definition monitors and advanced equipment ensures all surgeons at Colon and Rectal Specialists will continue to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients. As surgeons, we are unique in that we can treat polyps endoscopically; but if they are too large to remove, or involve greater technical risk we can perform minimally invasive colonic resection or polyp removal via laparoscopic or Robotic techniques.” – Dr. Cary Gentry
If colon cancer runs in your family, we encourage you to talk to a specialist, like those at CRS, who can assess your risk and recommend the right age to begin colonoscopy screenings. Read more about three Richmond area offices, or our physicians.
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.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Boxer Brief Battle 5K to help raise awareness and funds for efforts in colorectal cancer prevention. Read more
The providers at CRS encourage you to attend a Colorectal Cancer Roundtable at the Virginia Community Healthcare Association at 3831 Westerre Parkway, Suite 2, Henrico, VA 23233.
The event is sponsored by the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia in an efforts to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health issue. Come learn and engage with us and other local stakeholders at one or more of their events this March 2016. Read more
If you weren’t able to tune into NBC12’s Neighborhood Health Watch to see Dr. Gentry on TV, you click to see the interview.
March is Colorectal Cancer Month and Dr. Gentry, along with all the surgeons at CRS, want to educate the public about what you can do to prevent colon cancer.
Know your family history, what health risks may contribute to cancer, and get screened beginning at age 50 – or earlier depending on your particular family or health history.