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Posts for tag: Colon Cancer Screening

By Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida
December 11, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist

Have you been wondering if you could benefit from a colon cancer screening? Colon cancer affects more than 97,000 people every year, Colon Cancer Screening Examaccording to the American Cancer Society, yet often produces no symptoms in the earliest, most treatable stages. Fortunately, regular screenings can help you decrease your risk. Gastroenterologist Dr. Saeed Ahmed of Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida offers colon cancer screenings at his Wesley Chapel, FL, office.

What screening tests are available?

Gastroenterologists use several tests to screen for colon cancer, including:

  • Fecal Occult Blood Tests: The tests, conducted on stool samples, detect tiny amounts of blood in your feces.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Your gastroenterologist uses a flexible lighted probe that contains a miniature camera to view the lining of your rectum and sigmoid colon. If your doctor spots any abnormal growths during the test, he'll remove them and send them to a medical laboratory for a biopsy.
  • Colonoscopy: A flexible probe with a camera is also used to conduct a colonoscopy. The test examines the lining of the large intestine, made up of your colon and rectum, and the lower part of your small intestine. In addition to viewing the lining of your intestines, your Wesley Chapel gastroenterologist can also cauterize bleeding blood vessels and remove cancerous growths and both pre-cancerous and benign polyps.

Who needs colon cancer screenings?

For years, 50 was the magic age for initial colon cancer screenings. This past spring, the American Cancer Society lowered the guideline to age 45 for people at average risk of the disease. The change was made after researchers noticed an increase in colon cancer diagnoses in younger people. If you're 45 or older and haven't had a colonoscopy yet, you'll want to visit your gastroenterologist and schedule an appointment.

Follow-up tests are recommended every 10 years if your initial screening reveals no problems. If you have a disease or condition that affects your gastrointestinal tract or had colon cancer or polyps in the past, your doctor may recommend more frequent colonoscopies. Fecal occult blood tests are recommended every year, while flexible sigmoidoscopies should be performed every five years.

Your gastroenterologist may also recommend a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy if you have unexplained abdominal pain or rectal bleeding, changes in bowel movements, frequent constipation or diarrhea, or have noticed unexpected weight loss.

Protect your health with colon cancer screenings. Call your Wesley Chapel, FL, gastroenterologist Dr. Saeed Ahmed of Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida at (813) 994-4800 to schedule an appointment.

By Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida
March 20, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist

Find out if you should be screened and what a colon screening entails.colon cancer

Getting a colon cancer screening might not be the highlight of your year but it’s certainly an important one, nonetheless. While there are some misconceptions out there that believe that only men get colon cancer, our Wesley Chapel, FL, gastroenterologist Dr. Saeed Ahmed is here to tell you that both men and women can develop this type of cancer and should be getting screened regularly.

When should I start getting a colon cancer screening?

It’s always a good idea to start getting colorectal cancer screenings by the age of 50. Both men and women are at risk so it’s important that everyone comes in for these routine visits even if they aren’t experiencing any symptoms. Symptoms don’t have to be present to let our Wesley Chapel, FL, GI doctor know that something is going on.

Of course, if you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps or even ulcerative colitis then you may need to come in sooner for screenings. This is something to talk to your doctor about.

What does a colon screening entail?

The best way to screen for colon cancer is by performing a colonoscopy. This simple outpatient procedure allows us to view the inside of the colon using a thin flexible tube. This test is finished in about 45 minutes or less and the patient is under the effects of sedation so they don’t feel a thing.

If results look good and there are no signs of cancer or precancerous polyps, then it will most likely be recommended that you come back every 10 years for a colonoscopy. In some cases, a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years may be all that’s needed. We may also require a stool sample for testing once a year.

If you are at risk of developing colon cancer or you are over the age of 50 then it’s time you called Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida in Wesley Chapel, FL, to schedule your colon cancer screening. Call our office today!