A colonoscopy is a medical procedure to examine the inside of the colon and the rectum, using a special piece of equipment, called a colonoscope. It is a routine procedure to evaluate for colon polyps, inflammation, growths and any other abnormalities that may be present in the colon. It is recommended that you should have
Get the PDF version of this article “All Bleeding Stops…Eventually” Usually Upper or Lower. Not Middle. Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common condition and can vary in degree from mild to life threatening. As the name implies, bleeding can be anywhere along the GI tract, but is most common from an upper GI source (esophagus, stomach
Polyps. Good One’s. Bad One’s. Because of intense public education and awareness, it is now common knowledge that colon or rectal polyps can lead to colon cancer if the polyps are not removed. Polyps are removed during a routine screening colonoscopy. Current recommendations are that all healthy adults over the age of 50 should have
For a long time a screening colonoscopy at the age of 50 has been standard practice. This is because you are at an increased risk of developing colon cancer as well as other intestinal conditions after the age of 50. By undergoing a screening colonoscopy before you encounter any symptoms that are inhibiting your digestive health, your colon surgeon can evaluate the health of your large intestine, detect abnormalities early on and even remove pre-cancerous growths or polyps before they have the chance to develop into colon cancer.
Get the PDF version of this article Celebrating Their Health: Colonoscopies Make For A Most Unusual Birthday Party By Valerie Kuklenski, Staff Writer; U-Entertainment Jack Merrick was drawing on the straw in his jumbo Scorpion cocktail with such gusto, it seemed the drink’s floating gardenia would be vacuumed up. Surrounded by old friends, good food,
Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer mortality, resulting in almost 60,000 deaths every year.1 Cancer of the colon and rectum most commonly develop from precursor adenomatous polyps that increase in size over time.2,3 Early detection and removal of these premalignant polyps usually prevents them from developing into invasive cancer.4,5 This is the rationale behind the colorectal cancer screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society and the American College of Gastroenterology.
It is now accepted that most colon cancers originate from benign colon polyps. The cancer-to-polyp sequence is the driving force behind colon screening to find and remove polyps before they transform into a malignancy. There is a unified set of screening guidelines that address the age of first screening, the frequency of screening and the method of screening. This screening has been effective in achieving the stated goal of reducing the number of new colon malignancies detected per year.