Peyton P. Berookim, MD, FACG
Colon cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, provided it is detected early. Because the disease can be asymptomatic until the later stages, undergoing regular colonoscopies is essential. The colonoscopy procedure is widely regarded as the most effective way for gastroenterologists to detect rectal or colon cancers. Doctors recommend that patients undergo a first screening at age 50 and follow-up tests every 10 years. Because of their higher risk factor, African Americans should begin testing at 45. People with a family history of the disease should start undergoing colonoscopies ten years before the age at which their relatives were diagnosed.
Because the colon must be clean so doctors can detect any and all polyps, a thorough colonoscopy preparation is essential. Before your procedure, Dr. Berookim will provide careful instructions for drinking the colonoscopy preparation beverages. You will also need to avoid eating or drinking anything except clear liquids for a period of time before the procedure.
You will be under conscious sedation during your colonoscopy and should experience no pain or discomfort. During the procedure, your doctor will insert a colonoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a video camera attached, into the anus. The camera will be able to capture the whole length of your colon, enabling your doctor to spot any abnormalities. To find out more information about colonoscopies, visit our procedures page.