Gastroenterology

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Our practice uses the most advanced equipment and techniques for endoscopy, colonoscopy and other techniques for accurate diagnosis and treatment of these and other GI issues.

How often should I be screened for colorectal cancer?

The American Cancer Society recommends that most adults should begin screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 45. However, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors, such as inflammatory bowel disease or a personal history of polyps, you may need to start screening earlier or be screened more frequently.

The frequency of screening tests for colorectal cancer can vary depending on the type of test used and your individual risk factors. Some common screening tests for colorectal cancer include:

  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) or fecal occult blood test (FOBT): These tests are typically done annually.

  • Stool DNA test: This test is typically done every three years.

  • Colonoscopy: This test is typically done every 10 years, or more frequently if polyps are found during the exam.

Your doctor will work with you to determine the best screening schedule based on your individual risk factors and medical history. It’s important to keep up with regular colorectal cancer screenings, as early detection and treatment can greatly improve the chances of successful outcomes.

What is GERD?

GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a chronic condition that occurs when stomach acid moves backward from the stomach into the esophagus. Over time, the acid can begin to erode the lining of the esophagus, causing permanent tissue damage and increasing the risk of esophageal cancer.

While symptoms of GERD may be managed with over-the-counter products, it is a serious condition that requires medical management to prevent serious complications from developing.

GERD is typically diagnosed with a review of symptoms followed by an endoscopy to evaluate the lining of the esophagus.

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