posted: Apr. 26, 2022.
Cancer of the colon is one of the most treatable types of cancers, it only requires early enough detection, which can be accomplished with a colonoscopy. Although many know of the procedure, there is still so much that is not talked about when it's discussed in media or in person. Some of the most commonly asked questions will be addressed below, but to learn more about colonoscopies you can contact your local experts of Digestive Diseases Consultants in Bourbonnais and New Lenox, IL.
When Is a Colonoscopy Recommended?
Colorectal cancers do not usually manifest symptoms that can warn you of their presence, they typically begin as non-cancerous polyps, it's why cancer screenings are very important.
They are usually recommended beginning at age 45 according to the CDC, and then every ten years after that, although a family history of colorectal cancer can impact these numbers.
What Are the Benefits of a Colonoscopy?
Polyps are small growths inside the lining of the colon, although not all will become cancerous, during a colonoscopy your doctor can detect them and remove them to help prevent colorectal cancer.
What to Expect Before a Colonoscopy?
There is some dietary prep work involved before undergoing a colonoscopy and it begins just a few days before it. The diet becomes more strict the closer to the day of the procedure. The procedure itself is little different from most other medical treatments involving anesthesia, lasting only about half an hour.
How Is a Colonoscopy Performed?
The procedure is performed using a thin flexible tube with a very small camera attached which is used to check the lower intestine for polyps or any other abnormalities. Besides checking for possibly cancerous growths a colonoscopy can also be used to diagnose problems such as rapid weight loss or chronic constipation.
Colonoscopy in Bourbonnais and New Lenox, IL
If you have more questions regarding the procedure or anything related to colonoscopies, or would like to schedule a consultation in Bourbonnais and New Lenox, IL, with Digestive Diseases Consultants you can dial (815) 937-5200.