A DMG Open Access Screening Call is a Convenient First Step to Scheduling Your Colonoscopy!
A colonoscopy is a highly effective way to screen for gastrointestinal cancers, including colon cancer. For those at an average risk of developing colorectal cancer, you should complete a colonoscopy when you reach the age of 50. If you are considered to be at a higher risk or are experiencing certain gastrointestinal symptoms such as unintended weight loss, blood in your stool or changes with your bowel habits, you may be advised to begin screening earlier or more frequently.
During a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist is able to closely examine your entire digestive tract. It’s important to note that although other tests can detect the presence of trace amounts of blood in your stool, having blood in your stool may be caused by a variety of factors other than cancerous or precancerous growths. Additionally, these tests are not an effective way to identify the presence of growths called polyps within your digestive tract. A colonoscopy continues to be the most effective way to detect and remove polyps that may have formed, in many cases before they have had a chance to become cancerous. Despite this, nearly a third of eligible adults have not completed their colonoscopy.
To make scheduling and completing this potentially life-saving screening as easy as possible, we offer pre-procedure screening assessments over the phone with a member of our nursing staff. This quick, complementary service eliminates the need for an in-office consultation before scheduling your colonoscopy. During the phone consultation, the nurse will review your health history, provide an overview of the procedure, review all pre and post-procedure information as well as answer any questions you may have.
Once completed, your pre-procedure assessment is valid for up to six months. This allows you to schedule and complete your colonoscopy whenever it’s most convenient for you. Take the first step in maintaining your gastrointestinal health and preventing colorectal cancer and schedule your assessment today.
To find out if you are eligible for this service, or to schedule, please contact our Gastroenterology department at 630-717-2600.
*In some cases, depending on your overall health and other factors, you may be eligible to complete your free colonoscopy assessment remotely through a video visit with one of our Gastroenterologists instead.