Despite more education colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer) remains the third-deadliest cancer in the United States and colon cancer impacting both men and women.
But routine screenings can prevent colorectal cancer. When detected and treated early or find it at an early the 5-year survival rate is 90%. So many lives could be saved though a simple colonoscopy screening!
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.
The Colon and Rectal Specialists team is growing. Dr. Peter Miller, who specializes in minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer, rectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease is now accepting patients.
Originally from Baltimore, MD. Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School.
He completed his general surgery training at Steward Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, MA as well as a research year at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans with a focus on national outcomes following colorectal surgery and translational colon cancer stem cell research.
Please welcome Dr. Miller to the specialists to the Richmond Colon and Rectal Specialists team.
Hemorrhoids are a pain and one of the most common ailments we hear about. Millions of Americans currently suffer from hemorrhoids and more than half the population will develop them at some point in their life, usually after age 30.
Over the counter treatments can do a good job of treating symptoms of hemorrhoids, but don’t prevent the condition from recurring.
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
Today was a long bus ride to La Cucilla Concepcion. A day where the travel, the work, and the exhaustion catch up to you. After a 1 1/2 drive through the mountains , we arrived surprised to find out that the 85 families we were supposed to see had grown to 135! All hands on deck!
I observed our team really come together as we plowed through the scores of families. We saw over 320 patients, dewormed 185 kids and extracted 87 teeth! Well done by everyone!
Unfortuntely, there are days when sadness has to boundary or limits of latitudes.
Today we were in clinic and I looked across the school room converted into a Medical Clinic and noticed an elderly woman being helped and supported by another man. She was hunched over and seemed to be unstable. We quickly made room for her at our station.