Colonoscopy (Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests)
Although there are many screenings that can help find colorectal cancer, none is better than a colonoscopy. Early stages of colorectal cancer usually present with no symptoms. A colonoscopy is the only test to prevent colorectal cancer, with the unique ability to remove polyps before they turn into cancer.
Screening is recommended for the following:
- Persons that are age 45 or older.
- Individuals that have a history of polyps or colorectal cancer.
- Persons with a relative (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother or Child) with polyps or colorectal cancer.
- Individuals that have been diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis or large bowel Crohns disease for several years.
Colonoscopies are very safe and effective. Preparations have improved, and are generally easier to tolerate than in the past. The procedure is performed with the patient sedated, and generally there is no pain during or after the procedure. Most patients will feel well upon leaving the SurgiCenter, get back to a regular diet that day and resume regular activities, such as work, the day after. Because of its effectiveness at finding precancerous polyps, a colonoscopy is the only test recommended at 10-year intervals.
If you are age 45 or older, it’s your turn. Request an appointment online or call 615-867-8070 to schedule your colonoscopy with MMC Gastroenterology.
45 Is the New 50
For many years, age 50 was the recommended age to begin routine colorectal cancer screenings. However, recent studies have revealed an increase in incidence of colorectal cancer amongst people younger than age 50, which has led to updated screening recommendations.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that adults begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 45. Because of this new guideline, both private insurers and Medicare will soon be required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to cover the costs of your colorectal cancer screening when performed by an in-network provider starting at age 45. In fact, most already are! Just be sure to check with your insurance provider to confirm specific benefits before scheduling a procedure.
Most of our surgical procedures, including colonoscopies, are performed at the SurgiCenter of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. The SurgiCenter is a state-of-the art facility, accredited by the Joint Commission, dedicated to outpatient surgery and located in the same building as our office offering both convenience and cost savings.