In its early stages, colon cancer is difficult to detect if you are depending on symptoms alone. A colon cancer screening with Dr. Ilyas Memon in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX, may allow for an early diagnosis and early treatment which can help you prevent colon cancer.
A colonoscopy is one of the best means of screening for colon cancer as early as possible. The name of the procedure is derived from the colonoscope, which is the device used to perform it. It's thin and flexible and long enough to examine the inner lining of the colon by using a very small camera. With it, your doctor can detect polyps, which are small growths that can develop into cancer.
The colonoscopy procedure, the actual visit itself, is not much different from other medical tests and it typically lasts only between 15 and 30 minutes for most cases.
You need to verify that you have arranged driving accommodations before being seen, as it's not recommended that you drive immediately after due to the anesthesia required.
Preparation for the colonoscopy begins days before with your doctor assigning you a special diet that will gradually change the closer you get to the day of the procedure. These will be very specific instructions and will need to be followed exactly, including the use of a bowel prep on the day prior.
On the day of the procedure you as you are administered anesthesia your doctor will usually explain and answer any questions you might have. After it is completed you will be directed to a recovery area until the doctor clears you to go home.
Symptoms of colon cancer, as it advances, include stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation, blood in your stool, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss, among others. If you are experiencing these on a frequent basis or are over the age of 50 then it's time to see your The Woodlands and Conroe, TX, doctor about a colon cancer screening. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Memon by dialing (281) 783-6459 to reach their office in The Woodlands, TX, or 281-764-9500 for the Magnolia and Conroe offices.