This scheduling option simplifies the process of getting a colonoscopy by:
After scheduling your Open Access Colonoscopy, new patients will be asked to fill out a form, and then our office will send you the instructions for your colonoscopy prep.
Colonoscopy preparation cleans out your bowels to allow for the examination of the colon. If you fail to follow your prep instructions, you will need to reschedule your appointment.
Your colonoscopy preparation involves:
Because the goal of an Open Access Colonoscopy is to save time, your first meeting with Dr. Sameer Islam will occur briefly before your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns before the exam, our office is happy to address them. After the colonoscopy, Dr. Saneer Islam will go over your results with you.
Colon cancer almost always develops from colon polyps. Colon polyps are growths that form in the inner lining of the colon. These polyps often grow slowly over 10 to 20 years before becoming cancerous.
A colonoscopy is the only colon cancer screening test that can both find and remove precancerous colon polyps in the same exam, making it the gold standard for colon cancer screening.
Other screening tests can only detect the presence of cancer. But the accuracy of these tests vary. If you receive a positive screening test other than a colonoscopy, you will need to undergo a colonoscopy to evaluate your test results.
A colonoscopy is the most accurate colon cancer screening test and allows for the visualization of the entire colon. A colonoscopy can reduce the rate of colon cancer by 40% and death from colon cancer by 60%.
Completing a colonoscopy can save you the inconvenience of undergoing another screening test. It can also save you money by avoiding the cost of extra co-pays or deductibles. Most importantly, a colonoscopy can save your life.
Everyone age 45 and older should receive colon cancer screening. The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals at average risk of colon cancer begin screening at age 45.
You are at average risk of colon cancer if you don’t have risk factors such as:
If you have any of the above risk factors, you’re at an increased risk for colon cancer. This means you may need to start screening before age 45.
Colon cancer screening can save your life. Don’t wait to begin screening until it’s too late. You can schedule a colonoscopy by making an appointment online or calling our office at 1-772-299-5005.
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There were an estimated 147,950 new cases of colorectal cancer in 2020. And an estimated 53,200 deaths from this disease.
Colon cancer has a higher incidence in:
But this disease is also prevalent in both genders and all races. Most people receive a diagnosis of colon cancer between the ages of 65 and 74. Shockingly, this age group also has the most deaths from colon cancer.
This highlights the importance of early colon cancer screening. Your chances of survival improve by catching the disease early. Colon cancer is curable 90% of the time when localized to the colon.