About Cancer Screenings
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. However, the disease is very preventable through early detection with a colorectal cancer screening known as a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society recommends that most people begin regular cancer screenings by age 45 while people with a personal history of colon polyps or inflammatory bowel disease should have testing done sooner. The experienced medical team at Lawrence Family Practice Center performs colonoscopy procedures to help patients decrease their risk of colon cancer and catch any existing polyps. To learn more about cancer screenings, book an appointment at our facility in Lawrence, KS.
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What to Expect During a Cancer Screening
Prior to your colonoscopy, you will have an initial consultation with your physician in Lawrence, KS. The day before your procedure, you will need to follow a clear liquid diet and drink a prescribed fluid to empty your bowel, which will result in loose stools for the rest of the day. The colonoscopy procedure is performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia. A colonoscope (a flexible tube with a camera) will be applied to the rectum to view the inside of the colon. If your doctor discovers any polyps or abnormal growths in your colon, they will be removed during the procedure. Once you're fully awake, you'll be released to leave the facility, but you will need someone to drive you home. Most people are back to their normal activities by the next day.
Lower Your Cancer Risk
If you're at least 45 years old, it may be time to schedule a colorectal cancer screening. The trusted physicians at Lawrence Family Practice Center are highly skilled in performing colonoscopy exams to prevent colon cancer. Our compassionate team can ease any worries you may have and will help you stay comfortable the entire time. Schedule a cancer screening consultation at our office in Lawrence, KS today.