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“Studies demonstrate that people who are screened with a colonoscopy have a 90 percent reduced risk of developing colon cancer.”

Dr. Steven Condron
Gastroenterologist


“Most colon cancers peak at age 60. It is a slow-growing evolution from a polyp, and so we begin screening 10 years earlier.”

Dr. Cristina Hill Jensen
Gastroenterologist

Colonoscopies (every 10 years)

Because of its sensititivity to detecting abnormal growths, a colonoscopy is the most recommended form of screening for colorectal cancer.  It examines the entire colon and gives visibility for any possible abnormalities.  While performing the test, the endoscopist can even remove precancerous polyps as well as identify and take a biopsy of suspicious lesions.

Your comfort and privacy is our top priority.  To ensure a comfortable exam, a sedative is used.  The endoscopist then inserts a long, thin, flexible tube with a light at the end into the rectum.  The specialist then examines the colon for any signs of polyps or cancer.

It is advised that you start regular colonoscopy screenings at age 50 and get one every 10 years thereafter.  However, it is recommended to start screenings earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer, African American heritage or subject to other risks.  About 25 percent of men and 20 percent of women who are screened have benign polyps growing in their colons.

How to prepare for a colonoscopy