Colonoscopy is a popular procedure in the field of colorectal surgery. However, many people are not aware of the procedure. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer prevalent in the United States. According to the estimates of The American Cancer Society, there have been 95270 new cases of colon cancer and 39220 new cases of rectal cancer. Though colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, it is treatable through colonoscopy.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows the colorectal surgeon to view and screen large intestine for any polyps or tumors. In the colonoscopy, the surgeon uses a scoping tool with a camera to screen the colon. You might feel nervous about the process; however you will be sedated during the procedure.
It is important to consult your colon and rectalsurgeon when you observe gastrointestinal discomfort and symptoms like severe pain in lower abdominal, rectal bleeding, bowel movement changes, bloody stool, etc. With the help of diagnostic colonoscopy, the doctor will be able to assess your condition and symptoms. Going for colonoscopy doesn’t mean you have a colon cancer.
Once the colon cancer symptoms are found in someone, it is expected that the disease will progress to more advanced level as time passes. Hence, a preventive colonoscopy is important for early detections so the disease is caught before it can develop further. Early stage colon cancer can be easily cured as compared to advanced-stage cancer that has more complications.
Colon Cancer Screenings: Prevention is better than Cure!
Colonoscopy is considered to be highly effective for treating/preventing colon cancer. If there are any polyps in the colon, they can be removed during the colonoscopy before they can develop into colon cancer. Hence, colonoscopy not only helps in treating colon cancer, but it can also prevent colon cancer.
Every person should go for colon cancer screening after attaining the age of 50. If there is a family history of colon cancer, then you should consult a good colorectal surgeon and get screened earlier.