Congratulations! You've made an important decision for your health.
You’ve decided to get screened for colorectal cancer. With the disease being seen in an increasing number of people under 50, that’s a very good thing. That's why the American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45 for people of average risk.
If your screening includes a colonoscopy, Stamford Health’s GI Center is here to help. While we can’t change the prep that’s involved with the test, we can save you time and money by eliminating the pre-screening doctor appointment that is typically required.
What happens next?
Fill out the form on this page and a nurse from the GI Center will call you to obtain a little more information about you and your health. He or she will present your information to the gastroenterologist on your behalf and then – if there are no concerns – schedule your procedure.
You can also call the GI Center at 203.276.7925 during weekday business hours to provide all your information over the phone.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a testing procedure that allows for a full view of the entire large intestine. Your gastroenterologist will use a colonoscope – a long, flexible tube with a light and camera on one end – to examine your colon.
During a colonoscopy, your doctor can detect precancerous polyps and remove them. He or she can also see many benign conditions such as inflamed tissue, open sores (ulcers) and pouches (diverticula) in your intestinal wall.
The test typically takes around 30 minutes and you will have intravenous (IV) sedation. The good news – unless you exhibit higher than average risk factors, you only need to have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Your gastroenterologist will meet with you shortly after your colonoscopy to discuss the results.
Why Stamford Health's Endoscopy Center?
Where you go for your colorectal cancer screening matters. Stamford Health’s Endoscopy Center has recently been recognized by The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Stamford Health’s Endoscopy Unit is one of more than 400 to be granted the honor since 2009.
How can I reduce my risk of colorectal cancer?
Diet plays a strong role in colorectal cancer. Many studies indicate that a high fiber diet, with ample fruits and vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce the risk of colon cancer and provide protection even after diagnosis.
- Limit your intake of red and processed meats. Preservatives like nitrates and nitrites (present in bacon, lunchmeats, hot dogs, etc.) have been associated with elevated risk for colorectal cancer, as have red meat such as steak and hamburgers. Limit your red meat intake to leaner cuts and smaller portions, and eat red meat less frequently. Poultry and fish are much safer choices.
- Get the recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D. You can get these nutrients from yogurt, milk and other dairy products. Studies have shown this may aid in protecting against colon cancer. But an excess of dietary calcium could possibly increase a man's risk of prostate cancer.
- Avoid obesity or weight gain. Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight may reduce your risk. Limit your intake of high-calorie foods and increase your intake of lean meats, fruits, vegetables and unprocessed whole grains
- Consult your doctor. There is no one-size-fits all approach to minimizing your risk of colorectal cancer. Your doctor can assess your diet and lifestyle choices, and tell you what specific improvements you can make.