The leading gastroenterology practice in Northwest Georgia, GI Specialists of Georgia diagnoses and treats diseases of the colon and provides an array of tests for effective screening. We treat all sorts of digestive disorders. Our dedicated team of physicians includes colonoscopy doctors who understand the importance of colon screening in your overall health. Offered at our three endoscopy centers, colonoscopy screening is important whether you have symptoms or not, regardless of your overall level of risk.
This endoscopic procedure should be used to evaluate your large intestine if you experience abdominal pain, bleeding, or a change in bowel habits. It may also be necessary if you’ve been diagnosed with anemia. Enabling a physician to view the interior of the colon, the exam can detect polyps that can be biopsied or removed, while bleeding lesions can be controlled as well.
Testing can find colon cancer early and help prevent it. Most men and women who are at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened, starting at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter. There are other colon screen tests as well, including CT colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and double-contrast barium enema. Fecal immunochemical tests, guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests, and stool DNA tests can non-invasively detect cancer.
Screening is so important because it:
If you have a personal history of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory bowel diseases, or a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, colon screening should start before age 50. If a direct relative such as a parent was affected, get your first screening 10 years before the onset of their condition.
Colon cancer screening is an important health matter because:
Talk to your doctor about your level of risk, when to get tested, and how to prepare for a colonoscopy so the exam is most successful. GI Specialists of Georgia offers several methods of preparation, as it’s important for physicians to have a clear view of the inside of the large intestine. Call 678-607-2264 to schedule your colon screening appointment at one of our Georgia endoscopy centers today.