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Owned a Beeper? It's Time for Your Colonoscopy!




Introduction:


Remember the days of carrying a beeper? If you owned one, it’s likely you need a screening colonoscopy. Beepers, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, were a primary mode of communication before the advent of cell phones. Typically, those who used beepers are now in the age group that should be considering a colonoscopy.


Colon Cancer Statistics in the United States:


Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Each year, about 101,000 new cases of colon cancer are reported. Early detection through screening can significantly improve survival rates.


Why the Screening Age is Now 45:


Recent guidelines recommend starting screening colonoscopies at age 45. This change is due to an increase in colon cancer cases among younger adults. For those with risk factors, such as a family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or a personal history of polyps, earlier screening may be necessary.


The Colonoscopy Procedure:


A colonoscopy is a straightforward procedure where a gastroenterologist uses a colonoscope to view the interior of the colon. The colonoscope is a long, flexible tube with a camera at the end, allowing for the detection and removal of polyps before they develop into cancer. The procedure typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes, and patients are sedated for comfort.


Reducing the Risk of Colon Cancer:


Diet: Eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Exercise: Maintain a regular exercise routine.

Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol: Both are risk factors for many types of cancer.


Adhere to recommended screening schedules, especially if you have risk factors.


How Beverly Hills Institute Can Assist:


At the Beverly Hills Institute, we are dedicated to your preventive care needs. Our team provides comprehensive screening services, including colonoscopy referrals, to help detect potential health issues early. We offer personalized care and guidance to ensure you maintain optimal health.


For more information on scheduling your screening colonoscopy or other preventive care services, visit the Beverly Hills Institute.

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