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Dr. Anubha Sinha and the professionals at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists perform colonoscopies for patients of all ages concerned about colon cancer. Colonoscopies can save lives by identifying signs of cancer before you even experience symptoms. Come see us in Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ, if you have a family history of colon cancer or need a colonoscopy.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that can identify cancer and precancerous polyps in the colon. It involves inserting a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera into the rectum to look into the rectum and colon. Your Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ, doctors can identify early signs of cancer or remove precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies require some preparation from the patient to empty the colon. A special diet a few days before including a liquid diet the day before prepares the colon. A patient is sedated with safe anesthesia for the procedure so you should sleep through it and not feel any discomfort.
Colonoscopies are a more invasive type of cancer screening, but precancerous polyps can actually be removed as they are detected during the colonoscopy.
Who needs a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies can be used as a diagnostic test, but are primarily used for colon cancer screening. Colon cancer affects an equal amount of men and women, but almost ninety percent of cases are in patients over the age of 50, so the recommended age for this screening is from 50-75. Colonoscopies can find signs of cancer before a patient is feeling any symptoms, which is why yearly cancer screenings are so important past a certain age.
Colonoscopies are only recommended every 10 years if you're not at an elevated risk for colon cancer. Your doctor can tell you if you're at an elevated risk based on your health and family history. Colonoscopies aren't recommended as often but you can still be screened for colon cancer every year with different tests if you are at an elevated risk.
If you're concerned about colon cancer, Dr. Sinha and the team at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists perform colonoscopies. Contact us in Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ, at (908) 788-8200.
How a colonoscopy from your gastroenterologist in Hillsborough, NJ, can help you
Have you been advised to get a colonoscopy? If so, don’t worry. It’s a very common test if you are age 50 or older, used to detect colorectal cancer in its early stages. Why is this important? Because early detection means early treatment which could save your life. Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists offers colonoscopies, and other digestive services to help you feel better. She has two convenient office locations in Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ.
Your doctor may advise you to get a colonoscopy if you are over 50 as a colon cancer screening, or earlier if you have abdominal pain, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, or other rectal issues. A colonoscopy may also be indicated if you have a history of intestinal polyps or growths.
To prepare for your appointment, you may be asked to stay on a liquid diet and take a variety of laxatives to help clear out your colon. Your doctor will let you know about preparing for your appointment.
A colonoscopy allows your doctor to view your large intestine and rectum for abnormal tissue, polyps, and signs of precancer or cancer. During the procedure, a long tube is inserted into your rectum and guided up through your intestine. The tube contains a camera at the end which allows your doctor to closely examine the inside of your colon and rectum. During the colonoscopy, your doctor may also remove a small amount of tissue for biopsy and remove any growths or polyps.
Your doctor will give you a sedative before treatment, which means you must bring a driver with you to your appointment. The treatment itself takes about 45 minutes, but you will spend about 2 to 3 hours in the office while you recuperate from the sedative.
A colonoscopy is an important procedure to protect your health. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country. You don’t want to be a statistic. To find out more about colonoscopies and other gastrointestinal services, call Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, with offices in Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ. Call now because it could save your life!
According to the American Cancer Society, doctors in the United States diagnosed over 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 40,000 cases of rectal cancer in 2017. These staggering numbers make colon cancer screenings to catch this condition at its earliest and most treatable stages more important than ever. Learn more about colon cancer screenings with Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists with locations in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ.
Who is at risk for colorectal cancer?
One of the biggest risk factors for colorectal cancer is simply getting older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in individuals over the age of 50. A family history of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and lifestyle choices like alcohol or tobacco use, a poor diet which lacks an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, and being overweight or obese also put someone at a higher risk of colorectal cancer.
When should I start having colon cancer screenings?
Colorectal cancer usually begins as noncancerous polyps found in the colon. These polyps are easily detectable with a colon cancer screening. This screening, which involves a long, thin tube with a camera on the end. This tube, called a colonoscope, allows your doctor to see inside the colon and visually find polyps. Doctors recommend beginning regular colon cancer screenings at the age of 50.
Colon Cancer Screenings in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ
If you are at risk for colon cancer, regular colon cancer screenings can save your life. These screenings are an important part of finding and catching the condition in its earliest, precancerous stages. This leads to effective treatment and prevention, stopping the condition in its tracks and allowing you to get back to your normal life, cancer-free. Doctors recommend starting screening colonoscopy at age 50 in average-risk patients. Average risk African American patients are recommended at age 45.
For more information on colorectal cancer or its diagnosis, please contact Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists with locations in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ. Call (908) 788-8200 to schedule your appointment at either of the two locations today!