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Colonoscopy

If you are between the ages of 45-75 you should be screened for colorectal cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the CDC has recently lowered the recommended screening age from 50 to 45.

What does this mean for you?

Speak with your doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for you, and how often to get tested.

Most insurance plans and Medicare help pay for colorectal cancer screenings, please contact your insurance to ensure they are covering this recommended screening beginning at age 45. Colorectal cancer screening tests may be covered by your health insurance policy without a deductible or co-pay.

The best way to detect colon polyps (a growth in the intestines) or colon cancer is through a procedure called a colonoscopy. This is the only test where polyps can be removed. A colonoscopy uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny light and camera on it called a colonoscope. The colonoscope is inserted into the anus and advanced through the colon. During this time, the doctor is able to see the lining of your large intestine as well as the rectal area and remove tissue samples or polyps. Any tissue samples or polyps, will be sent to our pathologist for review. You should receive your results in approximately a week.

The procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes to complete. In order for this test to be accurate, there are bowel preparations that need to be completed prior to your procedure. We ask that you complete all of the preparations, even if your stools are looking clear, so that you can have a thorough examination.

Please refer to your specific bowel preparation instructions for more information.

Most Common Preparation Instructions:

Low Fiber Diet

Colonoscopy Miralax/Gatorade Prep

Colonoscopy 2 Day Instructions

Colonoscopy Colyte Prep

Colonoscopy 2 Day Suprep Instructions