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.
One of the most common questions we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?
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.
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….
When you live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea are regular and unwanted guests.
These common IBS symptoms disappear and reappear; they range from mild, to severe and debilitating. The constant symptom fluctuation makes it difficult to know if and when to seek medical attention and treatment.
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.
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
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a disorder that may affect up to 30 percent of all Americans at some time during their lives. It is reported that 1 in 7 Americans are living with IBS, which makes it a very common health issue.
In 2016 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 95,270 new colon cancer cases. The number of cases has continued to rise, making colorectal cancer the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, estimating 49,190 deaths in 2016.
Lauren is a Colon Cancer survivors. She was diagnosed at the age of 22 by Dr. Cary Gentry who performed surgery at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital. Today Lauren is cancer free, healthy and sharing her story with others. Read more