Screening Colonoscopy

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Over the past decade, the US Preventive Services Task Force, American Cancer Society, American College of Gastroenterology, and other organizations have published guidelines recommending a number of testing options for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. CRC screening rates continue to be suboptimal, and guidelines continue to encourage screening by one of several effective tests. The prevalence of screening by colonoscopy specifically, however, has greatly increased compared with other testing options. National trend data show a rise in CRC screening rates since 2000 that is attributable almost entirely to increased use of colonoscopy.

Why should I have a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an exam of the colon and rectum that is used to find tissue abnormalities or irregularities that could be or become cancerous. To carry out this 30 to 60-minute test, a gastrointestinal specialist at Triborough GI  will insert a scope into the colon to look for any indicators of colon and rectal cancer or other problems. Colonoscopies are frequently recommended as a method to:
  • Discern the cause of GI distress, rectal bleeding, chronic obstruction or diarrhea, or other conditions
  • Check for colon and rectal cancer
  • Look for polyps (growths that can become cancerous if left untreated)
At Triborough GI, we typically recommend that you see a colonoscopy doctor about the age of 45 and return every decade for routine tests. However, contingent on your results or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, we may recommend you get examined sooner and more often.

Make an appointment for a colonoscopy as soon as possible

Even if you might think there’s no need for a colonoscopy, this test can save your life. A colonoscopy can discover initial indications of colorectal cancer along with ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, and more. This standard exam could be the determining factor separating life and death, as our gastroenterologists are adeptly experienced at screening for initial markers of cancer and other issues that prevent cancer in the coming years. For further information on colonoscopies, please contact Triborough GI.
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