This Simple Test Could Save Your Life

March 20, 2017
This Simple Test Could Save Your Life

If someone told you that there is a simple screening test available that actually saves lives, would you make that test a priority? We have good news for you! That test does exist, and it should be a crucial part of your healthcare routine once you turn 50. The team at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants are specialists in conducting colonoscopies, one of the best screening tests available to help in the fight against colon cancer.

Why A Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies may get a bad rap because people believe them to be uncomfortable or are worried about the preparation needed, but our doctors are here to make sure you have the best experience possible. A colonoscopy typically takes about 30-60 minutes and is done under local anesthesia, so you’re usually back home that afternoon. A small, flexible light is inserted into the rectum and travels throughout the large intestine, looking for signs of colon cancer. Your doctor will be looking for polyps, which are usually cancer or precancerous growths that can be indicative of colon cancer. If found, the polyps are biopsied and removed with a course of treatment and advisement to follow depending on the results.

Who Should Do My Colonoscopy?

While it’s important to get a colonoscopy, it is even more important that the doctor performing the test is an expert and can provide high quality testing. A gastroenterologist performs the test often and experience really is the best teacher. Studies show that gastroenterologists find more polyps, and precancerous polyps called adenomas, than any other type of physician who may perform a colonoscopy. At Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, we have assembled a large team of specialists who are trained and experienced in finding adenomas.

When Should I Get My Colonoscopy?

Recommendations on when to begin receiving a colonoscopy screening depends on a variety of factors. Most patients should begin getting them every ten years once they reach age 50. Certain other factors like family history, presence of alarming symptoms, having Inflammatory Bowel Disease or certain lifestyle factors like high fat diet, heavy smoking or drinking, obesity or a sedentary lifestyle, may put you at higher risk. If any of the listed factors affect you or someone in your family you should look in to getting a screening earlier than age 50. Find a Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location today to discuss your options and let us put your mind at ease in your quest to better health.

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