About 1 in 20 people are diagnosed with colon cancer, and it’s the second-leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. Colon cancer screening can save your life. At SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, which has two convenient locations in SoHo, Manhattan, board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Orbuch offers colon cancer screenings. To schedule your screening, call your nearest New York City office or use the online booking button today.
Colon cancer refers to cancer that starts in your large intestine, also referred to as your colon, which is the last section of your digestive tract. Colon cancer can develop at any time, although it most often occurs in older adults.
The cancer usually begins as a benign clump of cells referred to as a polyp, which may transform into cancer. Polyps rarely cause symptoms, but colon cancer screenings can detect polyps and remove them.
The team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, can determine during your consultation when you should start your colon cancer screening.
In general, men and women should begin colon cancer screening at age 45-50 depending upon several factors. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need to begin your screenings at an earlier age. The latest recommendations suggest screening African American starting at age 45.
You may also benefit from a colon cancer screening if you’re experiencing changes in bowel habits (constipation, diarrhea, or change in stool size), bleeding, or abdominal pain.
At SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, the team conducts a colonoscopy to perform your colon cancer screening.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a colonoscope, a flexible tube equipped with a light and camera, that allows your doctor to visually examine your colon and look for polyps and other cellular changes that may be indicative of colon cancer.
The team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your colon cancer screening based on underlying conditions. To get the most accurate results, it’s important that you follow the instructions precisely; otherwise you may need to reschedule your procedure.
To ease your discomfort, the team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, performs your colon cancer colonoscopy screening under sedation.
Once you’re sedated, your doctor inserts the colonoscope into your anus and through your large intestine. Your intestines may be filled with air to improve visibility and movement of the colonoscope.
If your colon cancer screening indicates polyps, your doctor may remove them and have them tested for cell abnormalities.
After your colon cancer screening, you’re placed in the recovery area for observation while your sedation wears off. The team may review their preliminary findings with you, but they go over the final results at your follow-up appointment.
You will need to have someone help you home after your colon cancer screening, and you may experience some bloating and gas.
To schedule your colon cancer screening, call SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, or request an appointment online.