Colorectal cancer generally begins as small noncancerous growths called polyps. But with regular screenings, our board-certified gastroenterologists can find and remove these polyps before they become cancerous.
Colorectal cancer is most common in people 50 and older and those with a family history of the disease or a personal history of colorectal cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms are present, colorectal cancer can be in an advanced stage. The good news, however, is that colorectal cancer is highly survivable... if it is diagnosed and treated early.
The best defense against colorectal cancer is regular screenings. The American Cancer Society recommends routine colorectal screenings beginning at age 50, earlier for people with higher risks (such as family history). Because it allows direct visual examination of the inside of the entire colon, colonoscopy is considered the "gold standard" screening method. Also, any precancerous polyps found during the screening can be removed during the procedure, preventing their progression to colorectal cancer.
While colonoscopies are sometimes performed by other physicians with only weeks (or less) of training, gastroenterologists have years of training. Also, studies show that GI specialists are more likely to examine the entire colon and to detect polyps. At Southwestern Gastrointestinal Specialists, our board-certified gastroenterologists have performed many thousands of colonoscopies safely and effectively. Plus, we perform nearly all of our colonoscopy screenings in the comfort and privacy of our state-of-the-art endoscopy center.
Don't take a chance with your health. Be screened regularly. And for skill and accuracy, trust the highly trained, experienced and compassionate specialists. Call today.