Every year, more than 130,000 people learn they have colorectal cancer, and more than 46,000 people die from colon-related cancers. Colon screening with a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to prevent colon cancer. You also can help protect yourself from some of the unwanted effects of colorectal cancer if it is detected early. Colorectal cancer is common enough that colonoscopy after age 50 is recommended as a routine screening procedure.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to carefully examine your rectum and the inside of your colon to be sure it is healthy. When colorectal cancer is detected early, it can be treated effectively and it often can be cured.
During a colonoscopy, your doctor will insert a slim, flexible, lighted tube through your anus to examine the inside of your colon and rectum. If you have tissue that appears abnormal, your doctor will remove a small piece of it to test for cancer. The test is called a biopsy.
Another test you might have is a double-contrast barium enema. During the procedure, fluid that contains barium, a special element that allows the radiologist to see details in your tissues, is put into your colon. X-rays are then taken that show the inside of your colon. If the X-ray images show abnormal tissue such as polyps or cancer, you will need a colonoscopy to get a sample of the tissue for lab tests.
If your doctor finds cancer in your colon, you might have additional tests and scans to find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
ServicesAtlantic Gastroenterology provides gastroenterology services in Florham Park, NJ. A Gastroenterologist is a physician of internal medicine who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the digestive system. A gastroenterologist is concerned with the normal function of the digestive system; making sure that it is working properly to dispose of bodily waste.
Please call Atlantic Gastroenterology at (973) 401-0500 to schedule an appointment in Florham Park, NJ or to get more information.
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