Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating Colon Cancer

Did you know?

  • Colon cancer does not discriminate against race or gender.
  • Over 90% of colon cancer occurs after age 50.
  • Everyone over the age of 50 should have some form of colon cancer screening.
  • Almost 2000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in South Carolina in 2005.
  • Over 700 South Carolinians will die of this cancer this year.
  • Polyps are benign growths on the inside lining of the colon that can turn into cancer.
  • Colonoscopy is the single best test available to detect and remove polyps.
  • Gastroenterologists are the most highly trained and experienced physicians to perform colonoscopy and prevent colon cancer.
  • If someone in your family had colon cancer you should be screened at an earlier age.
  • If your insurance plan does not cover colonoscopy as a preventative test, find out why!

Did you also know that nationally...
Over 57,000 people will die of Colon Cancer this year alone? Another 150,000 will be diagnosed with the disease. Despite its high incidence, Colorectal Cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. Over 90% of those diagnosed while the cancer is still localized are treatable. Currently, however, only 37% of colorectal cancers are detected while still localized.

Just think, the digestive system is very complex, involving many organs. As a result, symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss and rectal bleeding may be a sign of any number of illnesses affecting the digestive system. Many of these disorders are benign and can be treated with medications, while others, particularly cancer, may be more serious and more difficult to treat. So, who can you trust to properly diagnose and treat your symptoms? Where can you go to get tested for Colon Cancer and other digestive disorders? The answers are simple.

The Columbia Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Center and the Lake Murray Endoscopy Center have set the standard for outpatient endoscopy. Having a procedure (like a "scope test") can be worrisome, especially the first time. That is why we have developed a state-of-the-art, friendly environment for our patients. From the waiting room to the procedure room, our professional staff will do everything possible to make your procedure pleasant and comfortable.

Discover the safe, convenient and comfortable environment of outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopy services. Discover it at The Columbia Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Center and the Lake Murray Endoscopy Center – where experience and high quality counts.

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