Age 45 or over?
It's time for your colonoscopy.
A Desperate Plea
An Open Letter to Patients Age 45 or Over
I hate colon cancer. With a vengeance. My aunt was diagnosed with Stage III B colon cancer at age 59, having put off her colonoscopy. My childhood friend was diagnosed Stage IV at age 43. He died at 46.
Colon cancer is a preventable disease. The American Cancer Society recommends screening for colon cancer starting at age 45 for patients at average risk. While a mail-in stool test is a good first step, there is no replacement for colonoscopy. It's simple: the removal of a benign polyp means it will never give you colon cancer.
Still, some of my patients fear the prep, and the procedure. They cite the bad taste and large volume of liquid they must drink. They worry about the anesthesia during the procedure. They even worry about someone seeing them "down there."
I'm here to tell you: though every procedure has risks, colon cancer is both statistically more likely, and infinitely worse. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a devastating prognosis, are all worse than a 30-minute procedure you're asleep for. A procedure that could save your life.
I would do just about anything to prevent another case of colon cancer – including letting my patients and the entire internet ride along for my first colonoscopy. In the video below, join me for the prep, the procedure, and the results... and then, please: schedule your colonoscopy.
We're so glad.
And we're here to help.
Average-risk patients age 45+ should schedule a colonoscopy. We recommend West Chester Gastrointestinal Group. If you're in good health, you may be eligible for Open Access (skipping the intake appointment with a GI first). Call West Chester GI today, and inform them that you are a CMMD & Associates patient interested in Open Access.
Patients age 50 or older, no matter their risk level, should have a colonoscopy right away and every 10 years (unless otherwise instructed based on initial findings). We recommend West Chester Gastrointestinal Group. If you're in good health, you may be eligible for Open Access (skipping the intake appointment with a GI first). Call West Chester GI today, and inform them that you are a CMMD & Associates patient interested in Open Access.
West Chester Gastrointestinal Group
CMMD and Associates is exploring a Saturday colonoscopy event for 2019. Sign up for an invite!
Christine Meyer, MD's
Christine Meyer, MD
What it Takes
In general, colonoscopy requires:
one day of fasting (clear liquid foods only)
one evening of prep (drinking fluids to flush the colon)
a 30-minute procedure under anesthesia, followed by
one day of rest/taking it easy.
For more information, see West Chester GI's Colonoscopy Guidebook.
While our patients can see any gastroenterologist for this procedure, we routinely refer patients to West Chester Gastrointestinal Group. In addition to being compassionate, caring physicians, their polyp detection rates exceed national standards, and their complication rates are extremely low. We highly recommend this outstanding local practice for patients' colonoscopy needs.
Where to Go
Healthy patients may be able to skip an intake appointment with a gastroenterologist. Call West Chester Gastrointestinal Group, mention you are a CMMD & Associates patient interested in Open Access, and screening questions will be asked over the phone to determine your eligibility.
West Chester Gastrointestinal Group
915 Old Fern Hill Road Building B, Suite 300 West Chester, PA 19380
Excellent! Contact West Chester Gastrointestinal Group today to get your colonoscopy on the calendar. Mention you are a CMMD and Associates patient.
CMMD and Associates is exploring a Saturday colonoscopy event for 2019. Sign up to get a priority invitation if this would make a difference for you!