A colonoscopy is an exam of the large intestine that can detect precancerous growths early, before they turn into cancer. It can also lead to an early diagnosis of colon cancer, when treatment is most successful.
Colonoscopy Screenings Can Save Lives
Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, is one of the leading cancer killers in the U.S. According to new 2018 guidelines set forth by the American Cancer Society, people who have an average risk of colorectal cancer should start regular screenings at age 45. Screenings should begin at a younger age because new cases of colorectal cancer are occurring at an increasing rate among younger adults. Screening tests, like a colonoscopy, can find and remove precancerous growths in the colon before they turn into cancer, and diagnose colon cancer early when treatment is most successful.
Schedule Your Colonoscopy Screening Today
At Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center, colonoscopies are performed as outpatient procedures by a gastroenterology specialist or general surgeon. The procedure itself takes 30 minutes on average, and most patients are able to return home that same day and resume normal activity the following day.
To schedule at Olathe Medical Center, please call 913-393-9898.
To schedule at Miami County Medical Center, please call 913-557-0700.
At the age of 63, Amy Kircher of Paola was living her healthiest life. But that April, without any symptoms, Amy’s colonoscopy revealed devastating news: colon cancer. She turned to Dr. Christopher Lewis at Miami County Medical Center.