Specialties

  • Colonoscopies & Screenings

  • For same week appointments at the Digestive Health Center call 303-260-2740.


  • The Digestive Health Center at Porter Adventist Hospital offers people throughout the Rocky Mountain Region fast and efficient digestive system screenings in a convenient outpatient setting.

    Using some of the latest video and scope technologies, our physicians are able to perform vital screenings, such as colonoscopies, quickly and comfortably.


    Colonoscopy

    A colonoscopy is a safe outpatient procedure that allows a physician to examine a person's rectum and intestine for polyps and the presence of colon cancer.

    A typical colonoscopy takes about 30 minutes and is accompanied by medication to allow a person to be comfortable during testing.

    Once the colonoscopy has begun, if a doctor finds a polyp, they can easily remove it.  A doctor can also biopsy suspicious-looking tissue through the colonoscope for additional testing.

     


    The Importance of Screening

    Colonoscopies and other screenings that test for colorectal cancers are vitally important tests as colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

    Colon cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer because testing not only detects colon cancer in its earliest stages, but it can prevent colorectal cancers from ever occurring by removing polyps before they become cancerous.

    Prevention is extremely important when it comes to colon cancer. Often, colon cancer presents no noticeable symptoms until it is has advanced to later stages of the disease, at which point treatment options are more complex and limited than they are earlier stages of the disease.

    For colonoscopies and other tests used to detect colorectal cancers, always consult with a qualified medical provider to discuss potential risks and benefits. Some people will require different, multiple or more frequent tests based on their personal and family history.

     


    Screening Guidelines and Schedules

    The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women start getting colon health screenings starting at age 50.   Common test schedules for screenings that detect cancer and polyps include any one of the following:

    • Colonoscopy every 10 years
    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
    • Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years
    • CT colonography  or virtual colonoscopy every 5 years

    To learn more about specific cancer test recommendations, visit cancer.org.

     


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