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When To Have a Colonoscopy

By Ravi Singh, MD
August 17, 2022

GI Care



Find out why everyone should get a colonoscopy at some point during their lifetime.

Many people put off seeing a doctor, especially when they need it most. But if you are dealing with abdominal pain and digestive issues that aren’t going away, it’s always a safe bet that you should turn to a gastroenterologist. Both healthy individuals of a certain age and those dealing with gut problems can benefit from turning to our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Ravi Singh for a colonoscopy.

You’re Over 45

Once you hit 45 years old, one of the best birthday presents you can give yourself is the gift of health. As you get older, the risk of colorectal cancer increases. Indeed the best and only way to detect this form of cancer early is a colonoscopy. While we know it isn’t the most festive way to celebrate turning another year older, getting a routine colonoscopy from our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterology team could just save your life.

You Have a Family History of Colorectal Cancer

If your family has a history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps, this puts you at an increased risk for developing colorectal cancer. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get colorectal cancer, it’s essential that you do everything you can to reduce your risk. One of the best ways is by turning to our team every decade for a routine colonoscopy.

You Have a History of Colon Polyps

A colonoscopy isn’t just used for detecting colorectal cancer; it can also be a valuable tool for detecting and removing colon polyps before they can turn cancerous. Suppose you’ve had a colonoscopy with us in the past, and we’ve removed colon polyps. In that case, it’s even more critical that you keep up with your routine colonoscopies to ensure any new polyps are removed as soon as possible. If you’ve had colon polyps removed in the past, find out how often you should come in for routine colonoscopies.

You’re Dealing with Digestive Issues

If you are dealing with persistent abdominal pain, unexpected and sudden weight loss, diarrhea or constipation that is impacting your quality of life, a colonoscopy is one of the best tools we have for determining what’s causing these symptoms. A colonoscopy can help us take a closer look at the digestive tract to detect inflammation, bleeds, obstructions and other problems that could lead to these chronic issues.

Whether you just turned 50 years old, have a family history of colorectal cancer or are dealing with digestive issues that aren’t going away, turning to our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Singh and the Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates team for a colonoscopy can give you the answers and peace of mind you’re looking for. Call us at (631) 289-0300 to schedule a consultation.

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