Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Those numbers are especially alarming considering colon cancer can be prevented or cured with colon cancer screening. Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colon cancer screening and the doctors at Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland, consistently perform above the rest when it comes to finding and preventing colon cancer. To schedule a colon cancer screening, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Nearly all cases of colon cancer begin as noncancerous polyps in the lining of your large intestine. Cancer develops when cellular DNA is damaged and cells in the polyps grow out of control.
You may have a higher risk of developing colon cancer if you have a specific type of gene mutation that’s passed down through families. Otherwise, the cause of colon cancer hasn’t been identified.
Colon cancer may be prevented when polyps are removed before they mutate into cancer. The disease may also be completely curable when it’s identified at an early stage and cancerous polyps are removed before cancer spreads. Colon cancer screening is the best tool available to protect your health.
All adults should get a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer around the age of 45 or 50. Your doctor at Digestive Disorders Associates may recommend an earlier screening if you’re at a higher risk for the disease.
It’s important to undergo screening without waiting to experience symptoms because they seldom appear in the early stage. By the time you have symptoms, such as changes in bowel habits, blood in your stool, and abdominal pain, there’s a good chance your colon cancer has started to invade nearby tissues.
Although you can screen for colon cancer using a stool test, those results simply tell you that there’s hidden blood in your stool. When a stool test is positive, the only way to verify the source of the blood and determine whether you have colon cancer is with a colonoscopy.
Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colon cancer screening, and the best place to get your colonoscopy is from the physicians at Digestive Disorders Associates. A quality benchmark called the adenoma detection rate (ADR) measures the effectiveness of colonoscopies performed by doctors throughout the United States. The ADR scores of the doctors at Digestive Disorders Associate are consistently above the national rate, which is a direct indicator that they don’t miss polyps or other problems.
During a colonoscopy, your doctor at Digestive Disorders Associates inserts a narrow, flexible tube through your anus and gently threads it up through the length of your large intestine.
The colonoscope contains lighting and a camera that sends magnified images of the wall of your large intestine to a monitor. As your doctor sees polyps, specialized surgical tools are passed through the colonoscope and used to remove the polyps and surrounding tissues.
When you need colon cancer screening, call Digestive Disorders Associates, your number one choice for colon cancer screening, or use online booking to schedule your visit.