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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Talk to Your Doctor Today and Get Screened!
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Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
The good news is that colon cancer is preventable. Speaking with your family about your risk factors is a great start. If you have a family history (parent, child, brother or sister) of colon cancer or adenomatous polyps, you are at increased risk for the disease.
Talk to your doctor too. If you’re 50-years-old or older or if you are at increased risk, your doctor will suggest simple and safe tests that can find colon cancer.
One test (or screening) is called a colonoscopy—a painless, 30-minute procedure that allows your doctor to look at the lining of your large intestine (colon and rectum) for small growths, called polyps. You don’t need to be awake during this test.
Why is screening important? Polyps are common in older people. They often cause no problems, but this why screening is so important. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer. Colonoscopy helps doctors find and take out growths early when treatment works best and a cure is possible.
Here’s what happens before, during and after a colonoscopy:
- Before this test, you will need to clean out your colon (colon prep) by drinking a special solution and staying on a liquid diet for at least 24 hours. Most people plan to stay home, since the prep works like a very strong laxative.
- Some people decide to stay awake, while others choose to be put to sleep for the procedure. Whatever you decide, the doctor will use a small, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end to look for polyps that will be removed.
- Most people are able to go home after resting for a short-time after the colonoscopy. If you were asleep for the test, you will need a ride home. You should be able to go back normal activities after 24 hours.
Montefiore Making it Easy for You to Get the Care You Need
At Montefiore, we have a team of experts called Patient Navigators that can help you get your colonoscopy screening.
Our Patient Navigators will be your guide through the colonoscopy process. They have special training needed to process step in and do things like:
- Help you better understand the colonoscopy screening process.
- Schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor before your colonoscopy.
- Answer questions about the procedure, to explain all the benefits, alternatives and risks.
- Tell you how to prepare for your colonoscopy.
- Send results to your referring physician.
We’re here to help! Please explore this site to read articles on colonoscopy and colon cancer from our health library, meet our patient navigators, get answers to frequently asked questions, and learn more about how to prevent colon cancer.
Still have questions? Our patient navigators are here to help. Call 718-920-7183 to learn more about colon health, colonoscopy, other tests that can help your doctor find colon cancer and more.