Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is the THIRD HIGHEST cause of cancer deaths in women, behind breast and lung cancer. Women get mammograms and have pelvic exams regularly, but they often ignore the importance of colon screening. Symptoms of colon cancer are easy to miss and a thorough screening colonoscopy, by a gastroenterologist, is the only sure way to discover this treatable cancer. Colonoscopy in women takes special attention from a specialist, as their colons tend to be longer than men’s and due to the deeper pelvic area and changes from childbirth or surgeries, it is often more difficult to assess the area. The turns in a woman’s colon also tend to be tighter and polyps higher up than in men. Drs. Miller and Scholl are sensitive to these differences and use their expertise to provide women with a very thorough colonoscopy.
The Women’s Center tracks endoscopic quality measurements and compares them to national benchmarks to assure consistently excellent colon cancer screening. Our physicians perform at more than double the national benchmarks for both Adenoma Detection Rates and Colonoscopy Withdrawal Times, giving our patients the confidence that their colon screening is the most thorough possible.
Do you need a screening colonoscopy?
If you can answer YES to any of these questions, the answer is YES!
- You are 50 years of age or older, 45 years of age or older if you are African American
- There is a family history of colon cancer or polyps
- You have certain digestive disorders
- You wish to make colon cancer screening a part of your preventive medical care
When caught early, colon cancer is 90% curable. There is no better time than now to screen for colon cancer.