Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, causing 50,000 deaths a year. In South Carolina alone, an estimated 2,170 are diagnosed each year, leading to 730 deaths. You have a 6% chance of getting colon cancer in your lifetime - that's one out of every seventeen people. If you were guaranteed a chance to win the lottery with these odds, you'd want to take advantage of it. But this is not something you should gamble on.
However, there is hope. The Elms Digestive Disease Specialists have the only certified and accredited endoscopy center in the north area and look forward to the opportunity to screen you and your loved ones to help prevent colon cancer. 80% of patients who are diagnosed with colon cancer had NO symptoms at all. No complaints of a change in bowel movements, weight loss, rectal bleeding or abdominal pain, so don't be lulled into complacency and think for a second that it will never happen to you. It's a risk you don't want to take.
Anybody over 50 years of age or older needs to be tested, and 40-years-old with a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps should especially be screened. Colon cancer doesn't discriminate against race or gender, but it is more prevalent in the African-American population and it is now recommended that screening begin at age 45. In today's age simply having your stools checked for blood is no longer considered adequate screening. A colonoscopy is the gold standard of evaluating for and preventing colon cancer.
A colonoscopy takes only 30 minutes or less. It's a safe procedure that will be painless as you will be completely asleep. We offer the option for direct access scheduling so you don't need a doctor's referral to get one - just call 797-6800 ext. 129 to schedule your colonoscopy.