Colon cancer affects one in twenty Americans, making it the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Most cases of colon cancer are preventable through routine colonoscopy, but one out of every three Americans is not up to date on their colon screenings. Isn’t a 10 minute test worth it?
It is concerning that colon cancer incidence is steadily increasing among younger Americans. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends that men and women who are at average risk for colon cancer begin preventive screenings at age 45.
Who should I choose to perform my colonoscopy? Here are some general guidelines:
- Select a gastroenterologist who is board certified in Gastroenterology.
- If you desire an advance office visit to discuss the procedure and other options, the gastroenterologist should be happy to arrange this.
- Ask friends and folks you know about their colonoscopy experiences with area gastroenterologists.
- What type of sedation does the gastroenterologist use?
- Are the nursing staff trained and experienced in gastroenterology?
- Ask your primary care physician for a trusted referral. Find out who did your doctor’s colonoscopy!
As a patient, you have the right to ask questions about the doctor, the nurses and the facility. In our practice, we welcome these conversations.
If you’re seeing a gastroenterologist, we invite you to call us to discuss these questions. For your convenience, you may request an appointment here.