Reham El-Shaer, MD
Board Certified Gastroenterologist located in Kingston, NY
Every year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer. Board-certified gastroenterologist Reham El-Shaer, MD, and her team offer state-of-the-art colon cancer screening services at Ulster Gastroenterology in Kingston, New York. If you have a personal or family history of colon cancer, are age 45 or above, or are due for a screening, call Ulster Gastroenterology or schedule a consultation online today.
Colon Cancer Screening Q & A
Why do I need colon cancer screening?
Like many other types of cancer, colon cancer doesn’t often cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages. The disease is also easier to cure when caught early.
Colon cancer screening is the best method for prevention and early diagnosis of colon cancer, which will improve your chances of survival. This essential health screening can even help your provider at Ulster Gastroenterology identify precancerous cells or growths and take action before the cancer forms.
What happens during colon cancer screening?
The team at Ulster Gastroenterology offers colonoscopies for colon cancer screenings. The practice has convenient in-office colonoscopy services and fecal testing capability.
During a colonoscopy, your provider uses a colonoscope to examine the inside of your rectum and colon. They insert the colonoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a camera on its tip, into your rectum and bowel, and it sends images to a video monitor in the treatment room.
How should I prepare for colon cancer screening?
The Ulster Gastroenterology team provides customized instructions to prepare for your colon cancer screening. They tell you how to collect a stool sample, or if you have a colonoscopy, they provide instructions on fasting and performing a bowel cleanse prior to your tests.
When should I have colon cancer screening?
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that adults ages 45-75 have colon cancer screenings.
You may need to undergo screenings earlier if you or a close relative has had colon cancer. Your physician may also recommend earlier testing if you have inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.
If you’re due for a colon cancer screening, call Ulster Gastroenterology or make an appointment online today.