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For all you cherish, a screening colonoscopy matters

Don’t let colon cancer get a head start.

Nuvance Health Digestive Health Institute knows it’s easy to put off a screening colonoscopy, but screening can catch colon cancer early when it’s most treatable. Not only does a colonoscopy screen for colorectal cancer, but it’s also one of the only screenings that can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous.

"Colon cancer is a silent killer, but it doesn’t have to be. By spreading awareness and taking proactive measures like getting regular colonoscopies starting at age 45, we can prevent colon cancer and save lives,” said Salvatore M. Buffa, MD, Chair of Gastroenterology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “Don’t wait. Let’s work together to conquer colon cancer."

To help set your mind at ease, our team of specialists is with you every step of the way to make you as comfortable as possible. Because what matters to you, matters to us.

Reasons to get a screening colonoscopy 

Screen for colorectal cancer

If you’re 45 or older and have no high-risk factors for colorectal cancer, we recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years to screen for cancer.

Monitor for new polyps

We might recommend a follow-up colonoscopy to look for
and remove additional polyps if you’ve been diagnosed with them in the past. 

Detect intestinal conditions

Explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation or diarrhea and other intestinal discomforts. 

What to expect

Before your colonoscopy, you will be asked to follow a clear liquid diet and drink a preparation to empty your colon 24 hours before your colonoscopy. This ensures our specialists can get a clear view during your exam.

During your exam, a long, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. A camera at the tip of the tube allows our specialists to view the inside of the entire colon to check for polyps.

What if something is detected

If we detect a suspicious polyp during a colonoscopy, we remove it. For larger polyps or ones that extend beyond surface layers of tissue, we might take a sample (biopsy). Our gastrointestinal pathologists will perform a biopsy to determine whether it’s cancer and, if so, the severity.

Treatment options will vary based on your results; however, Nuvance Health is here for you.

Colorectal cancer care at Nuvance Health Cancer Institute

If a colon cancer diagnosis is confirmed, the team of colon cancer specialists, including, colorectal surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other doctors, will work together to tailor your care and treatment plan.

Our cancer nurse navigators are here for you through every step of your care experience. They reach out to you early on to answer questions and provide emotional support. Nurse navigators also help coordinate appointments and explain what to expect so that you can focus on healing.