Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women. It is also one of the most preventable through routine cancer screenings. It is estimated that as many as 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were tested, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Colonoscopy can reduce the risk of colon cancer by finding and removing growths known as polyps before they can turn into cancer. Testing to look for colon cancer and other gastrointestinal problems are performed in the Endoscopy Suite at Rome Memorial Hospital. These procedures, performed with patients under mild sedation, can identify ulcers, bleeding, tumors, polyps, diverticulitis or other stomach and intestinal disorders. The types of testing offered include: • Colonoscopy • Upper Endoscopy • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Appointments for these tests may be made by a referral from your primary care physician to a physician who specializes in these procedures.
Prior to your scheduled testing, you will receive specific instructions on the preparation for your procedure from your specialist. Your test may require you to fast or adhere to a special diet for a period of time prior to the procedure, and/or take laxatives or an enema to assure that the area being looked at by the doctor is clear. On the day of the procedure, you will report to the hospital’s Patient Registration Department. After you are registered, a transporter will escort you to the Endoscopy Suite on the second floor where you will undergo the procedure and rest until the sedative wears off. Once you are ready to go home, you will need to have someone there to drive you or accompany you home if using public transportation. It is also necessary for you have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day.
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