Category Archives: Colonoscopy

American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Screening Guidelines

colonoscopy richmond vaThe American Cancer Society recently announced new colorectal cancer screening guidelines.

One of the most notable change is lowering the age most people should  begin screenings to 45 and even earlier for those with an above average or high risk of developing colon cancer.

Click the link to read the full list of colon cancer screening guidelines.

If it is time to schedule your first colonoscopy, or a follow up get in touch with Colon & Rectal specialists, the Richmond area’s colonoscopy specialists.

 

 

How Do I Know If My Bowel Prep Is Working?

One of the most common questions we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?

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See Dr. Cary Gentry with CRS explain what to expect and the top 3 reasons some patients take longer than others.

When prepping for a colonoscopy your doctor has probably talked to you about how important the bowel prep process is for accurate results. Residue left behind can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be seen as clearly or even missed.

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Dispelling the Myths of Colon Cancer

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….

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November Saturday Colonoscopy Appointments

It is finally starting to feel like fall in Richmond and the holiday season will be here soon.  This usually means errands and shopping, trips to visit family out of town, holiday gatherings, parties and even end of year deadlines at work.

During this busy time of year it is easy to make others a priority and forget about your own health and well-being.  Skimping on sleep, driving past the gym and putting off important appointments, like a routine colonoscopy,  are more common.

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Dr. Gentry, Colon Specialist & Surgeon

At Colon & Rectal Specialists we know it can be hard to schedule appointments when life gets busy.  No matter what time of year. This is why we offer Saturday Colonoscopy Clinics –  to give our patients more convenient scheduling options.

A simple colonoscopy can save your life, so there’s no reason to put it off.  Prep is easier than ever and the procedure itself if relatively painless.

Dr. Gentry has a limited number of appointments available on Saturday,  November 18th in our private  Stony Point endoscopy suite in Richmond.

Call (804) 249-2465 to schedule this potentially life saving test and give your family the best gift of all this holiday season – your health.

I’m A 50 Year Old Woman – Why Do I Need A Colonoscopy?

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 may 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 today.

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September Saturday Colonoscopy Appointments Available

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Dr. Peter Miller

Colon and Rectal Specialists has a limited number of colonoscopy appointments available with Dr. Peter Miller on Saturday, September 16th in our private endoscopy suite.

Why Do We Offer Saturday Colonoscopy Appointments?

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be.  Simple routine screening procedures, like the colonoscopy, can help stop colon cancer before it even begins.

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