Montefiore’s Colon Cancer Screening Program
Colorectal cancer is preventable when you take the proper precautions and curable when detected and treated early. Knowing your risk factors is a great first step toward prevention.
If you have a family history—parent, child, brother, sister—who has had colon cancer or adenomatous polyps, your risk for the disease is greater. Age is also a factor that increases risk. That’s why if you’re 50 years or older, your doctor will recommend a simple and safe test that can detect polyps or the cancer itself. The most common of these tests is a colonoscopy.
During a colonoscopy, the doctor examines the entire colon and may find and remove polyps (abnormal growths) that could develop into cancer if left alone. In this way, a colonoscopy not only tests for colon cancer but can also prevent it. Although some preparation is required, the screening itself is painless and takes roughly 30 minutes.
Regular screening every 10 years from age 50 to 75 is generally recommended to help prevent colorectal cancer. However, your doctor may recommend that you get screened earlier if you are at greater risk. If you’re age 75 or older, ask your doctor whether you should continue to get screened.
Making It Easy To Get the Colon Care You Need.
Montefiore offers state-of-the art facilities for colonoscopy screening in addition to a world class team of gastroenterologists and staff. We also provide a special team of experts called Patient Navigators who will guide you through the entire process.
Services offered by our Patient Navigators include the following:
- Helping you better understand the colonoscopy screening process and what you can expect
- Answering any questions you may have about the procedure and explain the benefits, alternatives and risks
- Providing you with educational materials, scheduling your appointment at one of our sites and carefully reviewing all instructions before the procedure
To meet our Patient Navigators and learn more about how to prevent colorectal cancer, call 718-920-7183.
Appointments are available here:
Advanced Endoscopy Center
5500 Broadway, Suite A, Bronx, New York 10463
Montefiore Einstein Campus
1825 Eastchester Road, 4th Floor Endoscopy, Bronx, New York 10461
Montefiore Moses Campus
111 East 210th Street, 2nd Floor GI Endoscopy Suite/Red Zone,
Bronx, New York 10467
Montefiore Wakefield Campus
600 East 233rd Street, 4th Floor Endoscopy, Bronx, New York 10466
New York GI Center
1200 Waters Place, North Lobby, Suite M117, Bronx, New York 10461