Whenever we get a new patient at Westchester Health over the age of 45, one of the first questions we ask is, “Have you had a colonoscopy?” If the answer is no, we then explain what a colonoscopy screening test is, what it’s looking for, and why it’s so important.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic screening exam that a physician, usually a gastroenterologist, uses to look inside your large intestine for colon polyps or possible signs of colorectal cancer. How often you should be screened depends on the specific test, your age and your risk for colon cancer.
Other than skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, it is very important for you to get checked out by your doctor. It might be nothing but then again, it might be […]