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Have you had your screening colonoscopy? If you are age 50 or older, you should. At The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH, your team of seven board-certified gastroenterologists provide the best of diagnostic and treatment skills all in a safe, comfortable, and state-of-the-art environment. Learn more about colonoscopy and why it's so important.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure which looks for polyps, colorectal cancers, reasons for chronic diarrhea, Crohn's disease, ulcers, and more. Performed with benefit of conscious sedation, your Lima, OH, gastroenterologist inserts a lighted scope with attached camera into the rectum and through the entire length of the bowel. The doctor looks for polyps and other irregularities and takes still images and real time video.
The pre-op preparation for a colonoscopy involves cleansing the colon with copious amounts of laxatives and consuming a clear liquid diet the day before the test. Then, the day of the examination, you'll be sedated and lie on your side as the doctor examines the colon with the flexible scope. Your doctor may take tissue samples for analysis as needed.
The entire procedure lasts about three-quarters of an hour. The physician will review your results with you in the recovery room, and you'll be driven home by a friend or relative.
Why is a colonoscopy important?
The American Society of Clinical Oncology says that colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the US. It affects both men and women, and incidence rises with age.
When colon cancer is detected in its earliest forms and has not spread beyond the original site, cure rates are high. Five-year survival rates, however, drop when malignancies have spread to other organs in the body.
Additionally, when there is a family history of colon cancer, this important screening procedure should begin even before age 50. Your primary care physician, in consultation with the experts at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio, will help you determine when your screenings should start and at what intervals you should have them.
Find out more
Knowledge really is power, and when you know what is happening in your colon, you can do something about it. Call (419) 227-8209 to learn more about colonoscopies and to schedule an appointment at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH.
Are you at the age in which you should be coming in for this colorectal screening?
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. Since colorectal cancer can happen to anyone (even though there are certain factors that may increase your chances of developing this form of cancer) our Lima, OH, gastroenterologists recommend routine colonoscopies. Find out if it’s time you started to get this screening test.
What is the purpose of a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is the best way for our Lima GI doctor to be able to check the health of the colon to look for any changes, polyps or other issues that may signal that you have or may develop colon cancer. While there are other tests that can be performed, none are as accurate as being able to actually see and inspect the colon.
During a colonoscopy, a small flexible tube with a camera attached is inserted into the rectum and carefully guided into the colon (large intestines). The camera allows us to look for polyps, inflammation, bleeding or other problems that need to be addressed. If polyps are detected, we can also remove them during your colonoscopy.
Who should be getting a colonoscopy and how regularly?
While anyone can develop colorectal cancer, it seems that there are certain factors that may increase your chances of developing this cancer including:
- Being African-American
- Having a family history of colorectal cancer
- Having a personal or family history of precancerous polyps
- Being over the age of 50 (unless you are African-American, in which case you will want to start getting screened at 45)
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Consuming a diet high in processed foods and red meat and low in fiber
- Having Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel problems
- Being overweight
- Using tobacco
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Once you turn 50 years old, you should be coming in for your first routine colonoscopy. If your colonoscopy results come back clean and healthy then we probably won’t need to do another one for 10 years. However, if you do have risk factors, we may need to repeat this screening more regularly.
If you need to schedule your colonoscopy then turn to the gastrointestinal specialists at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio for the diagnostic and preventive care you need to keep your gastrointestinal tract happy and healthy.