Colon Polyps & Cancer
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December is a great time to schedule your colonoscopy in 2016 as part of your New Year’s resolution for better health. Undergoing a colonoscopy is frequently put off, despite its key importance in colon cancer screenings. This reluctance to get a colonoscopy often stems from common misconceptions and myths that surround the procedure.
Even with modern medical technology and anesthesia, many still assume that a colonoscopy is an unpleasant, difficult experience. This is simply not true. In case you or anyone you know is putting off a colonoscopy, we’ve prepared five important reasons why you should not fear the procedure.
The Center for Colonoscopy Excellence (CCE) uses Propofol in order to ensure that our patients are properly sedated during the colonoscopy procedure. Propofol is used so that will remain comfortably sedated until the colonoscopy is over, without “waking up” during the procedure. Occasionally, patients may experience some mild bloating post-procedure, but this is simply trapped gas that can be passed naturally.
CCE works with many major insurance providers in order to help our patients receive the coverage allotted by their individual provider. It is ultimately up to each patient to check with their insurance carrier on what is and is not covered.
Patients who are hesitant about undergoing a colonoscopy but who wish to screen for colon cancer may choose to undergo a virtual colonoscopy, but a virtual colonoscopy isn’t enough to prevent colon cancer. A virtual colonoscopy uses an x-ray to recreate a virtual view of a person’s colon, but it does not offer your doctor the same full perspective that a colonoscopy provides. Additionally, in the event an abnormality is detected during a virtual colonoscopy, a standard colonoscopy will still be required.
For most, a colonoscopy will only need to be performed every 10 years. In the event that your colonoscopy shows the presence of pre-cancerous or cancerous growth, then it is up to your doctor to determine how often you will need screening.
Colon cancer is highly preventable due to colonoscopy screenings. Countless lives are saved year after year because pre-cancerous or questionable growths are spotted during a colonoscopy and removed before a patient becomes ill. Undergoing a colonoscopy at age 50 is an important milestone for health and wellness.
With board certified doctors, the highest level of care and total patient comfort, patients choose the Center for Colonoscopy Excellence from throughout Northern California’s Bay Area, including Marin County, Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto and other local communities.
The Center for Colonoscopy Excellence, a division of San Francisco Gastroenterology, is the first in the Bay Area to comprehensively focus on screening colonoscopy. Our doctors have performed over 20,000 endoscopic procedures, placing them among the most experienced gastroenterologists in Northern California.
Over 90% of colon cancer deaths are preventable and screening is the key!
Make your health a priority and schedule an colonoscopy today »