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.
Do you often have a dull or burning pain in your stomach that lasts anywhere from a few minutes to several hours? Does the pain seem to flare up when your stomach is empty? Have you been taking Advil, Aleve or aspirin for a long time? If your answer to these questions is yes, you might have a peptic (stomach) ulcer.
Even though the thought of having a parasite is pretty unpleasant, parasites are far more common than you might think. We actually see quite a few cases of them here at Westchester Health. Not restricted to underdeveloped countries, parasites exist around the world and can afflict anyone of any race, gender or socioeconomic status. They can cause a myriad of symptoms, only a few of which affect the digestive tract, but the good news is that yes, they are treatable.
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.