The Brighter Side of Colonoscopies

April 5 2018

Doctor talking to patient about colonoscopies

 

We know there are some things that you simply don’t look forward to, but what if a little shift in perspective didn’t make it seem that bad?

That’s why we’re talking about the brighter side of colonoscopies. Here are five GREAT reasons for Disney Cast Members and Employees to get this potentially life-saving screening.

 

1. Colonoscopies can save your life
Cancers of the colon and rectum [the last sections of the digestive system] are extremely common, but they are also some of the most curable when detected early. In fact, 90 percent of people live five or more years when their colorectal cancer is found early through screening. This is because most colorectal cancers start as small, non-cancerous tissue growths called polyps. Finding and removing these polyps can stop cancer before it starts.

 

2. Colonoscopies are recommended once every 10 years for people age 50 and over with average risk of colon cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one in three adults between 50 and 75 years old do not get screened as recommended. This is unfortunate, because for most healthy adults with an average risk of colon cancer, a colonoscopy is only recommended once every 10 years. A couple hours of your time every 10 years are not a lot to ask to potentially save your life.

 

3. Colonoscopies can take as little as 30 minutes.
There are not many things you can do in as little as 30 minutes to potentially save your life, but a colonoscopy is one of them. This simple procedure is the most effective way to test for colorectal cancer, and is done on an outpatient basis, meaning that you go home the same day.

 

4. Colonoscopies can offer the opportunity to treat precancerous or cancerous polyps.
For the procedure, a doctor uses a tiny camera attached to a thin, flexible tube to view the colon. This will allow the doctor to view the lining of your colon and detect any abnormalities such as polyps or inflamed tissue. If polyps are found, sometimes they can be removed during the colonoscopy. For larger polyps, another procedure must be scheduled.

 

5. Colonoscopies are virtually pain free.
Before the colonoscopy, patients are given medicine through an IV to help relieve stress, pain and discomfort and are sedated during the procedure. Many patients have no memory of the actual procedure.  Most patients can go home soon after the colonoscopy with few restrictions.

 

Since colon cancer often does not show symptoms until late in the disease, it’s important to look on the bright side of this life-saving screening. This one simple test can save your life, which is the best reason of all. Talk to your personal physician to see if you should get screened. If you don’t have a personal physician yet, Contact the Member Experience Center. With one call, we can help find you a personal primary care physician and get you scheduled right away. Call (855) 747-7476 today!