In addition to digestive health treatments, gastroenterologists perform colorectal cancer screenings. Gastroenterologists are trained in endoscopy, the use of a tube with a built-in camera to inspect the inside of the intestinal tract.
“A large part of gastroenterology,” says Dr. Matt Cooley, “Is centered around prevention. Screening colonoscopy has led to a significant decline in colon cancers and allows for treatment of pre-cancerous polyps before they become something more concerning.”
The American Cancer Society recommends scheduling regular screenings with a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy every 10 years once you reach the age of 45. Depending on your family history, you may need to schedule sooner. Consult with your family doctor about the best timing for you.
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