Colon Cancer Screening Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths even though it’s preventable and curable when found at an early stage during colon cancer screening. The board-certified gastroenterologists and medical team of Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York are skilled at performing high-quality colonoscopies. To learn if you need colon cancer screening, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Colon Cancer Screening Q & A

What causes colon cancer?

Colon cancer develops in polyps that grow on the wall of your large intestine. Polyps are noncancerous at first, but can start to grow abnormally and turn into colon cancer.

You have a higher chance of developing colon cancer if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Inherited genetic alterations
  • Over the age of 50
  • Overweight or obese
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Consume a high-fat, low-fiber diet

Your risk factors determine when you should get colon cancer screening.

When should I schedule colon cancer screening?

Women and men with an average risk of colon cancer should get a colon cancer screening at the age of 45 and continue to get screenings up to the age of 75.  Based on your risk factors, your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates recommends how often you may need follow-up screenings and if you should schedule your first screening colonoscopy at an earlier age.

What symptoms develop due to colon cancer?

Colon cancer doesn’t cause symptoms at an early stage, which is why colon cancer screening is so important. Symptoms only appear after colon cancer progresses to an advanced stage.

With a screening colonoscopy, your doctor finds and removes polyps before cancer develops or while it’s still at an early stage — long before you’ll notice symptoms.

If colon cancer symptoms emerge, you may have:

  • Blood in stools
  • Dark, tarry stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating

You may also feel fatigued if anemia develops due to chronic intestinal bleeding.

How does a colonoscopy screen for colon cancer?

The success of a screening colonoscopy depends on the skill of your doctor, and the doctors at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates have years of experience performing high-quality colonoscopies. During a colonoscopy, your doctor guides a narrow, flexible tube through your large intestine. This tube, the colonoscope, contains a fiber optic light and a high-definition camera that sends clear images of your intestine to a monitor.

After the colonoscope reaches the end of your large intestine, your doctor slowly withdraws the tube, carefully examining the intestinal lining for polyps and other problems. When polyps are identified, they’re painlessly removed by inserting specialized tools through the colonoscope.

Colonoscopies are outpatient procedures that typically take less than 30 minutes, depending on the number of polyps discovered. All removed tissues go to a surgical pathology lab where specialists examine them for cancer cells.

If you have questions about colon cancer screening or you’d like to schedule a colonoscopy, use online booking or call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates today.