Why Get Screened?
Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer and cancer related deaths among men and women in the United States, with 91 percent of new cases occuring in patients 50 or older.  But, the good news is, according to the National Cancer Institute, deaths from colorectal cancer are declining due to increased use of screening.
In fact, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.  Almost always it starts as a non-cancerous growth called a polyp that forms on the lining of the colon and/or rectum.  Colonoscopies detect and remove polyps.  So if found early enough, the cancer can be prevented before it gets started,  up to 85 percent of colorectal cancers could be prevented if everyone who was eligible for screening actually got screened.
Is it time for you to get yours?
The American College of Gastroenterology recommends colon cancer screening begin at age 50, or age 45 if you are black, as this group is at higher risk than whites, hispanics and other ethnic groups.
Everyone has a reason for not getting a colonoscopy.  But nothing changes the fact that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.  Don't let the following misconceptions stop you from getting screened:
MYTH: "I am not at risk for colon cancer"
FACT: Everyone is at risk.  In fact, 1 in 19 American men and women will get colon cancer.
MYTH: "I don't have any symptoms"
FACT: Most people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms.  That's why it is important to have regular colonoscopy screenings.  Almost always, colorectal cancer starts as a precancerous growth called a polyp, which doesn't cause symptoms.  A colonoscpy detects polyps so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
MYTH: "I can't drink that gallon of prep stuff"
FACT: Today's bowel prep is much less volume than ever before.  Patients can choose half-gallon options and split doses that still allow for proper preparation and a successful colonoscopy.
MYTH: "A colonoscopy isn't accurate"
FACT: Physicians who specialize in performing colonoscopies and who track outcomes improve the odds of having a high-quality read.
MYTH: "It's too painful" or "I just can't be sedated enough"
FACT: Actually, 99 percent of patients should be able to be adequately sedated through conscious sedation or twilight sleep to be comfortable during their colonoscopies.  Most don't remember the exam!
MYTH: "It's to risky.  My friend had his colon perforated during a colonoscopy"
FACT: When performed by specially trained professionals, colonoscopies are safe.  The risk of perforation is less than 1 in 1,000 cases, and the risk of bleeding is less than 1 percent.
MYTH: "If I get colorectal cancer, then it was meant to be"
FACT: Colon cancer IS preventable.  Here's how:  Get screened today (colonoscopy is the preferred screening strategy).  Change your lifestyle now:  eat a heathy diet, maintain a normal weight, exercise, and avoid smoking.

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The Center for GI Health, formerly known as Upper Bucks Medical Associates, has been serving the community since 1973. Our practice has expanded over the years from one to four physicians. CGI is dedicated to provide the highest level of care combining experience and education with compassion and understanding. We have most recently added a female physician to our practice in 2006. This has added a level of comfort for those patients who seek a female to deliver their GI care. CGI has full staff privileges at Grand View Hospital located just across the street from our office and Endoscopy Center.
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The Center for GI Health and The Endoscopy Center are affiliated with Grand View Hospital in Sellersville PA and Abington Hospital in Lansdale PA.

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