The Importance of Colonoscopy and Colon Cancer Screening

The Importance of Colonoscopy and Colon Cancer Screening

A colonoscopy is a common procedure done to help detect colon cancer and other abnormalities in the large intestine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 15 million colonoscopies were performed in the U.S. in 2012.1 The procedure is recommended for people over age 50, but it may be done in younger patients if they have a personal or family history of disease.2 This test is also done to evaluate a range of lower gastrointestinal symptoms, such as anemia, pain, bleeding, or a change in bowel habits, or for general cancer screening.

Clinical Research Trials by GI Specialists of Georgia

Clinical research may involve healthy volunteers or patients with specific illnesses. Sometimes it focuses on prevention, but other times it involves studying the effects of new therapies. Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia conducts various studies, or clinical trials, for diseases such as NASH, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and Clostridium difficule, or C. diff.

Clinical Research Trials

A clinical trial takes the research beyond a medical laboratory. Clinical studies observe volunteers in a normal setting and use data from medical exams and tests, as well as questionnaires, to measure changes over time. A clinical trial differs in that it evaluates how a drug, diet, surgical procedure, medical device, or behavioral intervention is more or less effective/harmful than standard treatments.