The Importance of a Colonoscopy

Carthage, TN Colonoscopy ProcedureNearly 115 years ago, the X-ray was discovered by a German scientist while taking pictures of his wife’s hand. Today medical diagnostic devices allow doctors to examine every area of the human body.

A colonoscopy is a medical exam where a doctor is able to look closely at the inside of the entire colon. The medical tool used is a thin, hollow, lighted tube with a tiny video camera on the end called a colonoscope. A colonoscopy is one of the most powerful weapons in the medical arsenal for preventing colon cancer and for discovering cancer early enough to treat it easily. Each colonoscopy requires about 30 minutes of your time, and is the most reliable way to discover colon cancer in early stages. Are you willing to exchange 30 minutes for a lifetime free of colon cancer?

Every year, 50,000 Americans die of colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women. This statistic is astonishing since colon cancer is detectable in its earliest and most treatable stages by a colonoscopy. Colon cancer, in its early stages, generally has no symptoms, so the danger of postponing those screenings seems unwise. While treatment for colorectal cancer is very successful when detected early, the longer a screening is postponed, the more difficult and drastic treatment becomes.

“If you are age 50 or over and haven’t yet had a colonoscopy, please don’t become one of the statistics. Schedule your colonoscopy today,” encourages Jagdish Nachnani, M.D., Medical Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee.  If you are at risk of colon cancer with a personal or family history of the disease and have other risk factors, speak with your physician regarding a screening before age 50. Performed under anesthesia, a colonoscopy is generally painless, takes about half an hour and could save your life. Routine screenings are lifesaving; schedule your colonoscopy today.

Contact one of the HighPoint Health System hospitals, including Riverview Regional Medical Center and Sumner Regional Medical Center, to schedule your appointment today: (615) 328-6180

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