A Colonoscopy. Nobody Loves It.
We understand that many Southern Californians in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills lead extremely busy lives, and the last thing many would consider would be to use a day away from work to undergo a colonoscopy. However, if you are 50 years of age or older, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, having a colonoscopy once every 5 years can help maintain your health, and can ensure early detection of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer. Here are three of the many reasons why you should consider scheduling an appointment for a colonoscopy in the near future.
Colonoscopy Can Save Lives: One of the most common arguments people use for not having a colonoscopy on a regular basis is that they do not believe they need one if they do not have a family history of colorectal cancer. However, the fact is, that colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States, and the second most fatal form of cancer. Many people who are diagnosed with this form of cancer have no family history of the disease. A proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon or coloproctologist, is well versed in the art of diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer and can help you asses your risks. Polyps, potentially precancerous pieces of tissue lining the colon, are routinely removed during a colonoscopy, thus heading off the development of colon or rectal cancer.
You Are Over 50: The fact is, those who are over 50 years old are at an increased risk for developing polyps and colorectal cancer; however, undergoing regular colonoscopies beginning at age of 50 can greatly improve your prognosis, as colon cancers and polyps can be discovered at their earliest stages and treated sooner. In fact, regular colonoscopies can detect and remove polyps before they have a chance to develop into cancer. Scheduling a colonoscopy when you turn 50 will help you to know your health condition, and what steps you need to take to maintain your health.
Colonoscopy is a simple procedure: A common reservation people have about colonoscopy is the fear of the procedure; however, a colonoscopy is a relatively simple procedure, and it generally takes less than twenty minutes. Furthermore, there is little to fear with this procedure as it is one for which you will be sedated, and comfortable, and will usually be relieved to find that everything is normal in your colon.
Los Angeles Colon And Rectal Surgical Associates
A colonoscopy can be a life saving procedure, as it can help you to know where you are in terms of your colon health. Since colorectal cancer has become one of the most common cancers in the United States, it is vital that you undergo a regular colonoscopy at the age of 50. Contact your colorectal surgeon of Los Angeles Colon And Rectal Surgical Associates (310) 273-2310, to find out more about a colonoscopy, as well as to find out if you should consider making an appointment to undergo this lifesaving procedure. The colonoscopy is performed at a surgicenter or at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.