10 Reasons to Schedule a Colonoscopy ASAP


dreamstime_s_45153405Having a colonoscopy is an important step that many men and women choose to put off or ignore for as long as possible, but it’s a mistake to assume that the procedure is unimportant.

Think about it this way: if there was a simple way to detect a potentially life-threatening cancer, would you wait another week, month or year to schedule an appointment? Probably not.

Most people don’t realize just how preventable colon cancer is – it’s not an exaggeration to say that early detection saves lives. Studies estimate that the U.S. can expect over 55,000 deaths from colon cancer each year, a number that can be drastically reduced through proper, timely colonoscopy screening.

If the above argument were not enough of a reason to call your gastroenterologist and schedule a colonoscopy, we offer 10 more reasons to make that call today.

It won’t hurt – really.

The modern colonoscopy procedure does not cause pain or discomfort. The Center for Colonoscopy Excellence (CCE) uses the sedative Propofol to guarantee that patients will not “wake up” during their screening.

It’s quick.

Most colonoscopies don’t take any longer than 15-20 minutes.

Unless you are high risk, you probably won’t need another colonoscopy for 8-10 years.

Those who are high risk for colon cancer will need to speak with their gastroenterologist in order to determine how often they will need a screening.

It’s easy to assess your risk for colon cancer.

You can assess your risk for colon cancer by taking our Colon Cancer Risk Assessment Quiz and by speaking with your gastroenterologist.

It’s not embarrassing.

Colonoscopies are strongly recommended for men and women age 50+. This means that anyone age 50 or older has also probably had a colonoscopy – you are certainly not alone. Also, there’s nothing embarrassing about being proactive when it comes to your health and longevity.

It’s low cost.

CCE works with most major insurance carriers, and our pricing is significantly less than the average hospital fee.

Recovery is easy and short.

Most patients wake up from the procedure feeling refreshed and can return to normal activities such as driving within 12 hours post-procedure and to work the following day if needed.

The prep solution was selected for your comfort.

A lot of patients worry about preparing for their colonoscopy, but CCE has selected the gold standard of prep solutions for our patients.

You don’t have to go to a hospital.

At CCE, our colonoscopy procedures are performed at the Golden Gate Endoscopy Center, which is located on Geary Boulevard in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco.

You can rest easy.

We realize that getting a colonoscopy may never top your to-do list, but if one procedure could save your life in under 30 minutes, we can guarantee that any (unfounded) dread you are feeling will be 100% worth it – knowing that you are healthy is the best reward.

Contact CCE to schedule your colonoscopy today.

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