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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.
- The doctor will use a small, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end to examine your colon and look for polyps. If a polyp is found, it will be immediately removed and sent to pathology.
- Most people are able to go home after resting for a short-time after the colonoscopy. The colonoscopy is usually a same day procedure. You should be able to go home after resting for a short time and go back to normal activities the next day.
- You must have a responsible adult pick you up, once you are ready to go home.
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 in assisting you through the entire process steps, such as::
- Help you better understand the colonoscopy screening process.
- Answer questions about the procedure, explain benefits, alternatives and risks.
- Provide you with educational materials, schedule your appointment, complete reminder calls and review all instructions before procedure.
- You can have your test done at one of our facilities (sites).
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.
Patient Navigator Program
Colon Cancer Screening Program