While talking about the gut, or more specifically the colon, can make some people squeamish, it is perhaps one of the most important topics of conversation you can have with your doctor. Why, you ask?
Here are 10 facts you should know and normalize when it comes to your colon health:
In a recent interview with Michael Sighinolfi, MD, Gastroenterologist at St. Joseph Healthcare, he shared that many patients say the anticipation of the prep and colonoscopy were worse than the actual experience, and they wished they would’ve done it sooner. “I am very passionate about colonoscopies. I feel it is by far the best screening modality to detect and prevent this silent killer. It will be my screening modality of choice when I am due for colon cancer screening.”
While the recommended screening age has dropped to 45 years old, Sighinolfi explains that a patient who has a first degree relative with colon cancer, or has experienced symptoms, should start screenings at a younger age. “The beauty of this process is that patients can be empowered to schedule their own colonoscopy. They don’t have to wait on their doctor to make the referral.”
To schedule your colonoscopy, simply call St. Joseph Digestive Health at 907-3550. The team will communicate and coordinate with your primary care provider to ensure all details are covered prior to the procedure, to help reduce stress and put patients at ease.