Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon and/or rectum – is the second most deadly of all cancers, killing more people each year in the U.S> than either breast cancer or prostate cancer. this year more than 100,000 new cases of colorectal cancer have been diagnosed, and more than 60,000 Americans will die from it.
there are factors that can increase your risk of cancer of the colon or rectum, but even without these risk factors, you have a 1 in 19 chance of developing this disease during your lifetime. Yet, colorectal cancer is among the most preventable and curable of all cancers…if it is found and treated in its early stages.
Experts agree that colonoscopy is the “gold standard” for diagnosing colon cancer. This is a 15 minute procedure in which we are able to check the lining of the entire colon and rectum, for growths or abnormalities. We do this using a long flexible tube with a video camera at the tip, which transmits these images to a TV screen. Colonoscopy detects over 90% of colorectal tumors. Polyps are benign or precancerous growths on the lining of the colon and rectum. If defected, they are removed during colonoscopy, which is called a polypectomy. We also put your comfort first by offering deep sedation. In fact, most patients are surprised by just how easy and comfortable colonoscopy can be.
Here at Carolina Digestive Diseases, our dual board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians, Stefan P. Marcuard, MD, FACP, FACG, and Phillip J. Goldstein, MD perform colonoscopies regularly in their state-of-the-art, Medicare-certified and AAAHC certified endoscopy center.
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When you need state-of-the-art gastrointestinal testing, depend on us. Our dual board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians offer today’s latest diagnostic and treatment methods for a wide range of conditions. And most importantly, they’ll treat you with the kindness, understanding and compassion you deserve.