What's the best way to screen for colon cancer? It's the colonoscopy performed by your gastroenterologist in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX. Dr. Ilyas Memon does the test right at Greater Houston Gastroenterology, ensuring you're properly prepared so you receive optimal results.
What is a colonoscopy?
In The Woodlands or Conroe, TX, your gastroenterologist uses a thin, lighted tube to enter your rectum and colon. Equipped with a tiny camera, the scope produces video and still images of the entire length of the large intestine. In addition, Dr. Memon can remove small tissue samples for biopsy and look for abnormalities such as bleeding, diverticulosis, benign polyps, inflammation and cancerous lesions.
Why is colonoscopy important?
After age 50, the incidence of colon cancer rises. The American Cancer Society says this cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, impacting about 4 percent of both men and women at some point in their lives. Detected and treated early, it has a high cure rate.
Also, you should understand that colon polyps, small benign growths in the large intestine, are the source of all lower GI cancers. If undetected, some polyps become cancerous, invading the colon wall. Cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
How do you prepare for a colonoscopy?
The test is done on an outpatient basis by your gastroenterologist in his The Woodlands or Conroe office. You'll be lightly sedated. It takes about half an hour or so, and Dr. Memon delivers your results right after the test as you rest in the recovery room. Then, you'll go home with an adult family member or friend.
Actually, people report the test itself is very easy. However, they complain more about the preparation. While not painful, it is somewhat involved and takes a full day of fasting.
Here are some details on your bowel preparation:
Are you ready?
Really, a colonoscopy is so important; so please, schedule yours at Greater Houston Gastroenterology in The Woodlands, TX, or Conroe, TX. Dr. Ilyas Memon has three locations to serve you. Call us at (281) 764-9500.