Colonoscopy. It May Save Your Life
Colonoscopy, while a common cancer preventing procedure, is still surrounded by myths and misconceptions, that cause many who have not undergone this procedure to become frightened. The fact is that colonoscopy is a simple, yet life saving procedure that can help to detect colorectal cancer at the earliest possible stages. We do understand that for southern Californians who have never undergone a colonoscopy, the thought of getting a colonoscopy can be daunting. To help you feel more comfortable, here are answers to some of the most common colonoscopy myths. You can also speak with your Colorectal Surgeon (also known as a proctologist) in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or Culver City, regarding any other questions that you may have. As colorectal cancers begin as polyps, if polyps are found during a colonoscopy, the polyp can be removed during the procedure.
- Myth: I do not need a colonoscopy if no one in my family has had colorectal cancer. The fact is that colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States, and is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. Of those patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a majority of them have no family history of the disease. No matter what your family’s health history is in regards to cancer, regular colonoscopies are advisable, as they are the best way of detecting colorectal cancer early, at the polyp stage before the cancer even begins.
- Myth: Colonoscopies are far too costly for my family budget. This is a common reason why people avoid having a colonoscopy, as they believe that this procedure will be unaffordable for them and will not be covered by their insurance. The fact is that since colonoscopies are such an effective form of preventative care, many insurance providers will cover most if not all of the charges involved with the procedure. Contact your provider to see how affordable this life saving procedure could be for you.
- Myth: Colonoscopies are an invasive, dangerous procedures in which the risk far outweighs the benefits. This myth is far from the truth with respect to what this procedure actually entails. Getting a colonoscopy is a fairly simple procedure that is generally rapidly completed and allows the patient to go home the same day. Like any medical procedure there is a limited risk involved with getting a colonoscopy. The degree to which this procedure can effectively detect cancer at its earliest possible stages makes the benefits of this procedure far outweigh any risks for many patients. Contact your doctor to find out about the risks that are involved, and discuss whether this procedure could be beneficial for you.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
There are currently many misconceptions surrounding colonoscopy; however, these misconceptions are often far from true, as having a colonoscopy is the best way to accurately assess an individual’s colon. Contact Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates at (310)273-2310 to find out more about colonoscopy, and to get accurate answers to any questions you may have about this procedure.