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What you don't know about colonoscopies and digestive health.
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 9/19/2017 12:40 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer with a reported 55,000 deaths per year in the US. When caught in the earlier stages, colon cancer is treatable and can be cured. Symptoms include changes in bowl habits, constipation, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding, although colon cancer often does not show any symptoms. For this reason, it is recommended to receive regular colonoscopies after age 55.
A colonoscopy is a test to examine the patient's large and small intestines. The test allows the doctor to detect any tumors, ulcers, polyps, inflammation, bleeding, or any change in bowel habits that needs to be diagnosed. The patient is given anesthesia to reduce discomfort. The test takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. If the doctor finds an affected area, a sample is taken and sent for lab testing, which takes about a week to complete.
Digestive Health Specialists (DHS) in Tacoma, Washington has been a leader in the US of digestive health and colon cancer diagnosis. Having a colonoscopy or other test or procedure done at a specialty clinic like Digestive Health Specialists offers cost savings of up to 30%. Since its opening in 1972, DHS has used state of the art technology to provide the best care to its patients. The health care providers and medical staff are skilled and have years of medical experience.
As a specialty clinic, DHS offers both inpatient and outpatient procedures to treat different diseases related to the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the colon. When receiving care from Digestive Health Specialists, patients can feel confident that their health care providers are knowledgeable, compassionate, and communicative.
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