What to Expect During Your Colon Cancer Screening.
A colon cancer screening, which typically involves a colonoscopy, is a vital way in which you can prevent colorectal cancer and have it treated as early as possible. While there is a necessary prep time beginning a few days before the day of the screening, the actual procedure takes about an hour, often much less, and you'll be sedated throughout. Learn more about what you can expect during a colon cancer screening by reaching out to Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, East Islip, and Hampton Bays, NY, also serving the area of Suffolk County, NY.
Prep and Procedure
A colonoscopy involves the use of a thin and flexible tube with a camera that can detect abnormalities in the colon. It allows the doctor to find and remove polyps, which are small growths that could become cancerous. Removing them at this stage can prevent the condition altogether.
Because of the nature of the procedure preparation for it begins a few days before with a very specific diet outlined to you by your Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist. It culminates the day prior when solid foods are avoided altogether and a bowel prep is taken to be ready for the colonoscopy.
For most people, it's these days of preparation that can be a challenge, but on the day of the actual appointment there is little difference between it and other medical procedures you've likely undergone in the past. You change into a gown and are administered anesthesia while the process is explained. When it's done, you will be kept only until the anesthesia wears off and you will need to have someone there to drive you home.
Colon Cancer Screening in East Patchogue, East Islip, and Hampton Bays, NY
If you are over the age of 45 and younger than 75 a colonoscopy is recommended about once every 10 years. This can vary as those with a family history of colon cancer may be better served getting the procedure slightly earlier. There are other screening options and your doctor will discuss with you which is better suited based on your individual needs and risks.
If you are ready to schedule your colon cancer screening you can make an appointment with Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates by dialing (631) 289-0300 for the East Patchogue, NY, office, (631) 289-0301 for East Islip, NY, and (631) 289-5101 for Hampton Bays, NY. Also serving the serving Suffolk County, NY.