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By GI ASSOCIATES
November 15, 2016
Category: Colonoscopy
Tags: colon cancer  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. A colon cancercancer diagnosis is a scary thing, no matter how you swing it. However, finding cancer in its early stages means higher treatment success rates.
 
Generally, individuals with average risk of colon cancer should receive a colon cancer screening at age 50.
 
Depending on your risk factors, your doctor may recommend that you begin cancer screenings earlier or more frequently.
 
Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Often there are no symptoms.  That is why colon cancer is often referred to as the silent killer. However, there are signs and symptoms that all adults should take seriously, including:

  • blood in the stool
  • a significant change in your bowel movements or habits
  • changes in the stool’s consistency
  • rectal bleeding
  • unexplained weight loss
  • weakness

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your primary care provider.
 
Diagnosing Colon Cancer
Our Board Certified Gastroenterologists perform a colonoscopy procedure to diagnose and treat early stages of colon cancer. During this procedure a long, flexible tube is inserted through the anus and into the colon to examine the colon and its tissues. Your gastroenterologist can then use miniaturized instruments inserted through the tube to take biopsies or even remove polyps during colonoscopy.
 
Colon Cancer Treatments in Wausau, WI 
Colon cancer treatment varies depending on the cancer’s stage. Your doctor may suggest removing early-stage cancerous polyps within the colon using colonoscopy or minimally-invasive surgery. Cancer in its later stages usually requires more invasive surgical techniques to remove the cancerous tissues. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy destroy any cancerous cells left behind after surgery.

For more information on colon cancer or its symptoms, please contact your Gastrointestinal Associates in Wausau, WI. Call (877) 442-7762 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

By GI Associates
March 30, 2016
Category: Colonoscopy

No one ever looks forward to getting a colonoscopy, and for most people, the prep is the hardest part. It may not be fun, but proper preparation is the difference between an accurate, effective colonoscopy and a less successful one.

Here’s what you can expect:

 

1-3 Days before Your Colonoscopy:

For most people, two days before your colonoscopy, you will be instructed to modify your diet.

This generally means increasing your clear liquid intake and avoiding red meat, seeds, nuts, popcorn, corn or high fiber foods.  And you may be asked to start taking an oral laxative. (In certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend you begin similar or additional diet modifications up to three days before the procedure.)

Stock up on clear liquids and broths or bullion. Coffee and tea are also okay, alcohol is not.

 

1 Day before Your Colonoscopy:

Typically, your doctor will instruct you to start a clear liquid diet the day before your colonoscopy. Be sure to avoid drinking anything red or purple—the dyes can be confused with blood or inflammation in the colon during your procedure.

 

The Evening before Your Colonoscopy:

This is when you will start drinking the cleansing solution prescribed by your doctor. Be sure to have enough toilet paper, wipes if they make you more comfortable, and plenty of reading material. Plan to stay at home and near a bathroom.

Don’t forget that this temporary discomfort is all so that the doctors can detect every polyp and potential cause for concern in your colon. Preparing for a colonoscopy can be challenging, but having colorectal cancer would be even more so.

 

The Morning of Your Colonoscopy:

If you have any more cleansing solution to drink, do so with plenty of time before you have to get in the car.

Celebrate a job well done. The hard part for you is over. Congratulations on making it through the preparation process, and making the wise decision to schedule your colonoscopy!  

 

Read more:

5 Ways to Convince Your Spouse It's Time for A Colonoscopy

Colorectal Cancer: Know the Risk Factors

There are plenty of good reasons to get a colonoscopy. But what happens when your partner is reluctant to get his or hers? Here are some strategies—from silly to serious—to help you persuade your loved one that a colonoscopy is important and necessary.

  1. Remind Him that Colon Cancer is the Only Preventable Cancer. Each year nearly 137,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the U.S. and over 50,000 people die from it annually. A simple colonoscopy, however, can detect precancerous polyps and stop threats before they start. Tell him not to risk getting cancer just because a colonoscopy sounds daunting.  

  2. Tell Her It’s Worth It. No one is going to sugarcoat it: Colonoscopies, especially the preparation for them, isn’t’ anyone’s idea of fun. But it’s worth it. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. One rough day could make the difference between detecting colon cancer early or finding it too late. 

  3. Two Words: Peer Pressure. Two-thirds of those who should be getting colonoscopies are getting colonoscopies. You and your peers are in the same situation. Be a leader and don’t be afraid to get a colonoscopy.  

  4. Bribes. What’s her favorite food? Tell her it will be waiting for her after her colonoscopy. Does he really want to go watch the game with friends that evening you had theater tickets? Tell him you’ll take someone else if he gets that colonoscopy. A new item of clothing, a free pass from taking out the garbage? Whatever it takes, it’s worth it. 

  5. Highlight All the Reasons To Not Get Colorectal Cancer. Have a big trip coming up? Don’t let colorectal cancer ruin it. Have grandkids? Hoping to have grandkids? Give yourself as long as possible to enjoy your life. You don’t know what the future holds. But there’s no reason it should hold colorectal cancer. 

Resources

4 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy: Frequently Asked Questions

Colon Cancer Screening: Six Questions That Could Save Your Life