The 411 On Colonoscopy

I asked Dr. Werth who should have a colonoscopy. "Well anybody who has symptoms, first of all. Anybody over the age of 30 and they're having any kind of bleeding or change in their bowel habits," he said. However, most people are like me. They have no symptoms but are of that age when a screening is a good idea. "You're 53 [Kevin]. You're kind of a little bit overdue. It's time. You really don't have any symptoms at all, but it's just time to look," he said to me. Dr. Werth says one in three adults who should have a colon cancer screening do not. "Which is really a shame. I mean, colon cancer is completely curable and we catch colon cancer earlier when we catch it during screening. Of the thousands of colonoscopies he has done, mine will be the first that Dr. Werth will do on live TV. "Especially being a man, I think if we can just show the experience is not that big a deal and it is potentially life-saving, that you're doing a great service," Werth said. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. you can try this out

Be Aware: Colonoscopy Can Screen for and Prevent Cancer

Well, almost anything. Until you reach that milestone birthdayfor most, thats age 50and your doctor tells you its time for a colonoscopy. Even the most punctual people find themselves putting it off. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to remind you, with help from UR Medicine Gastroenterologist Dr. Thomas Werth,why a having a colonoscopy is so important. Colon cancerthe second most common cause of cancer deaths in the a cancer that is entirely preventable and curable, if its picked up at the early stage. The way to do that is with a colonoscopy: a procedure with a dual purpose for many. Colonoscopies not only allow doctors to examine the colon and rectum, they provide the chance to remove precancerous growths known as polyps. While most polyps are benign (not cancerous), they are how most colorectal cancersstart. So, regular screening can often find colorectal cancer early, when it is most likely to be curable. And, in many cases, screening can also prevent colorectal cancer altogether. If fear of the unknown is holding you back from scheduling your colonoscopy, this information will help you know what to expect: Some say that preparing for a colonoscopy is worse than the test itself. While its true that to prepare you have to stick to a clear liquid diet and drink fluids to clear out your bowel, medications used to help with that are far less harsh today than five or 10 years ago. you could look here