Common Questions About Colonoscopy
It’s a cancer than can be prevented but you have to see your doctor. Screenings for colon cancer are the best way to dramatically reduce your chances of getting the disease. Dr. Bob Kizer, Gastroenterologist with CHI Health talks about the most common excuses for avoiding the procedure and why he’s not buying any of them.
Why You Should Be Screened for Colon Cancer
- It is the #2 killer of men and women in the U.S.
- It is preventable and treatable
- By screening for colon cancer, we can reduce your chances of getting it
- Five percent of us have a lifetime risk for the cancer. It can occur even when someone is doing everything “right” – staying in shape, eating healthy, not smoking, etc.
- A disturbing trend: doctors are finding more polyps in younger people. Researchers are in the process of studying why this is happening.
Top Excuses Patients Give for Putting Off Colonoscopy
Dr. Kizer provides answers to your excuses.
- "It will be painful."
- "I don't want to drink all that stuff."
- "I'm worried about making a fool of myself under anesthesia."
- "I don't want to be embarrassed."
Colonoscopies are also easier on the wallet. Because of the Affordable Care Act, you don’t have a co-pay if you screen at the appropriate intervals. All health plans must include cancer screening, treatment and followup care. An increasing number of employers are supportive of those who need the day off for a colonoscopy.
If you have any questions about gastrointestional services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the CHI Health campus or low-cost endoscopy center nearest you.