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By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
December 24, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopies  

The best way to avoid colon cancer is by visiting your New York City area, gastroenterologist, Dr. UAzeem Khan, for a colonoscopy starting at the age of 50.

Stomach PainMore About Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is when your doctor examines the lining of your intestines. They check for abnormalities, like polyps, using a thin flexible tube that's inserted into the anus. The instrument allows your doctor to see on a monitor what's in the lining.

A routine visit to your doctor for a colonoscopy is how most people detect cancer during its earliest stages. Board-certified physicians want their patients to schedule an appointment for a colonoscopy, or a flexible sigmoidoscopy, as soon as possible.

Adults aged 50 to 75 are recommended to visit their gastroenterologist on a regular basis, according to the CDC. Colorectal cancer usually begins as a small polyp in the colon.

At first, the polyps aren't cancerous but they may develop cancer over time. If you take the proper precautions of screening and keeping an eye out for symptoms, however, cancer can be treated or prevented.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer affects thousands of Americans. According to the American Cancer Society's statistics, more than 95,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 alone.

Symptoms aren't always obvious, so keep an eye out for the following:

  • Changes in Bowel Habits: If you are suffering from constipation or diarrhea for more than four weeks, that may be a sign of cancer.
     
  • Bloody Stool: Hemorrhoids are usually accompanied by blood in stool, but the blood may also be a sign of a more serious condition like cancer.

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If you would like more information on colonoscopies and screening procedures, you can contact the doctors at Forest Hills Gastroenterology. If you are in Forest Hills, NY, call your gastroenterologist, Dr. Azeem Khan, to schedule an appointment today! We are proud to serve residents of the New York City area.

By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
October 24, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopies  

Find out why a colonoscopy is the best way to observe your intestinal health.

While the health of your colon might not be something you’d discuss with friends at a dinner party, it is important that you do discuss it with our New York City gastroenterologist Dr. Azeem Khan. Remember, you don’t have to be experiencing symptoms to benefit from a colonoscopy. In fact, once you turn 50 years old it’s time to schedule your first colonoscopy. Why?

Well, a colonoscopy is the best way to be able to truly check the health of your colon and rectum. It’s also ideal for detecting the earliest warning signs of colorectal cancer. When caught early on, colorectal cancer can more easily be treated; however, since symptoms often don’t manifest until cancer has spread, often times the only way for our NYC GI doctor to detect cancerous growths within the colon is through a colonoscopy.

Both men and women are susceptible to colorectal cancer, so once you reach 50 years old it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. While some people may feel a little nervous about their first colonoscopy, there is really nothing to worry about. You will be placed under conscious sedation so most patients fall asleep during the procedure and don’t remember a thing. A colonoscopy usually takes about 30 minutes.

Once the sedation has taken effect, we will guide the scope through your rectum and into the colon so we can examine the lining through the camera at the end of the scope. If we do find cancerous or precancerous polyps during your colonoscopy we can also remove them during your procedure. This is a quick, easy outpatient procedure.

Of course, a colonoscopy may also be required if you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as:

  • Recurrent or severe diarrhea or constipation
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Blood in the stool

If you have risk factors that could increase your chances of getting colorectal cancer you may also want to talk to our New York City gastroenterologist about whether you should be screened before 50 years old.

If it’s time to schedule your first colonoscopy or you are experiencing gastrointestinal problems that aren’t going away don’t hesitate to contact the GI experts at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills, NY.