A colonoscopy can detect early-stage colorectal cancer before symptoms develop, and life-threatening complications follow. Board-certified gastroenterologist Asif M. Qadri, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, and serving the surrounding area of Athens, offers routine and diagnostic colonoscopies to men and women so that signs of cancer can be identified and treated early. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online for your next colonoscopy screening.
This simple screening test checks for the presence of colon cancer and precancerous growths. The screening examines both the upper and lower parts of the colon using a colonoscope.
Dr. Qadri uses the screening for diagnosis and prevention. Any cancerous and precancerous growths, called polyps, can be removed during the colonoscopy procedure.
The screening is the most effective way to assess people for colon cancer and prevent its onset. All patients aged 45 and older should have a colonoscopy, regardless of risk and symptoms.
A colonoscopy is a routine screening for colon cancer. It can also detect polyps — precancerous growths — if you’ve had them before. This helps reduce your risk of developing full-blown colon cancer.
Dr. Qadri may also recommend a colonoscopy to investigate certain intestinal symptoms, including rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea, and constipation, or other intestinal problems.
Colon cancer screenings should begin at age 45 and be repeated every 5-10 years afterward. Some patients at high risk may need earlier or more frequent colonoscopies. These include people with irritable bowel disease.
Dr. Qadri evaluates your particular case to determine when a colonoscopy screening is advisable. The procedure is quick and simple, so there’s really no reason to delay it.
Some risk factors, such as genetics or a personal history of colon cancer, aren’t preventable. Other preventable risk factors for colon cancer include:
Before the actual colonoscopy, you must follow a special diet the day before the exam. This diet usually includes only clear liquids — such as coffee, tea, broth, clear sports drinks, or gelatin. You’ll also be given a special laxative to clear out your colon. Some patients may also need to use an over-the-counter enema kit to empty their colon further. If you are on any prescription medications, talk to Dr. Qadri about how to manage your dosage during this colon-clearing period.
To schedule your colonoscopy screening with Dr. Qadri at Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates, call the office or book your visit online today.