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By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
June 23, 2017
Category: GI Procedures
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out what situations or factors warrant getting a colonoscopy.Colonscopy

At some point, everyone should get a colonoscopy. Sure, our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologists know that any intestinal procedure isn’t really a day at the spa, but this diagnostic procedure is an important part of your preventive care, especially when you reach a certain age.

Getting a colonoscopy is something every man and woman should do once they reach the age of 50 if they are otherwise healthy and have no risk factors. A colonoscopy is the very best way to detect colorectal cancer.

Of course, there are some situations and symptoms that may warrant needing a colonoscopy earlier than 50 years old:

  • Unexplained abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • Sudden or unexplained weight loss
  • Any changes in your bowels
  • Chronic fatigue or exhaustion

If you notice that any of these symptoms last for a few weeks then it’s a good idea to give our Suffolk County intestinal doctor a call. When you come in we will better be able to determine whether a colonoscopy is the best way to detect the cause of your symptoms. It doesn’t matter what age you are, either. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should always get it checked out by a medical professional.

What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer?

Here are some of the most common risk factors linked to this form of cancer:

  • A personal history of colorectal polyps
  • A family history of polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Being African American
  • Having ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or irritable bowel disease (IBD)

If you have any of these risk factors then you should start getting a colonoscopy much sooner than 50 years old. You may also need to come in more regularly for this diagnostic procedure. Those who are healthy, do not have any risk factors and have healthy results from their first colonoscopy may not need another one for 10 years. When you come in for your results we will better be able to determine how often you should come in for care.

Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County, NY, is here to serve you, whether you are dealing with symptoms abdominal pain or you need to schedule a routine colonoscopy. Call us today to learn more.