A Colonoscopy Could Save Your Life

Your screening colonoscopy can detect or even prevent colon cancer. If you’re 50 or older, it’s time for you to get screened.

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Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in North Carolina.

It’s estimated that 60% of those deaths could have been avoided with proper screening. Even with this easy detection and prevention method, about 1 IN 3 AMERICANS who should be getting tested for colon cancer are not being screened. Don’t be part of this sad statistic.

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Screening is Free! No Out-of-Pocket Cost for You.

Routine, preventive screening colonoscopies are covered by most insurance plans. That means you can get this simple, safe, life-saving procedure with no out-of-pocket cost for you.

Colon cancer has a 90% survival rate when it's caught early

Colon cancer has a 90% survival rate when it’s caught early.

And the most effective way to catch it early is a screening colonoscopy, which can detect and remove precancerous polyps. Removing these polyps can prevent cancer from forming in the first place.

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Be Around For Life's Big and Little Moments

Watching your son graduate. Walking your daughter down the aisle. Holding your first grandchild. Getting to enjoy the retirement you worked so hard for. Don’t let colon cancer prevent you from being present at the moments that matter. Your screening colonoscopy can be the difference between life and death.

A colonoscopy can save your life

Know Your Colonoscopy Facts

Myths and fears about colonoscopies often get in the way of someone getting the life-saving screening they need. Learn the facts so you can be on your way to a pursuing a healthy, cancer-free life.
Know Your Colonoscopy Facts
  • Myth #1: Colon cancer won’t affect me.

    Fact: 1 in 20 Americans will get colon cancer in their lifetime, which is why it is so critical for men and women age 50-75 to get screened. If caught early, it's highly treatable and survivable.

  • Myth #2: I’m not having symptoms, so I don’t need screening.

    Fact: Symptoms may be a sign that you already have advanced-stage cancer. Routine screening colonoscopies detect and remove pre-cancerous polyps, so you can stop colon cancer before it starts.

  • Myth #3: I can’t afford a colonoscopy.

    Fact: Your screening colonoscopy is fully covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And if a polyp is found during your procedure, it can often be removed without additional costs or treatments.

  • Myth #4: Colonoscopies hurt.

    Fact: Colonoscopies are done under sedation and last 30 to 60 minutes, so the procedure is pretty quick and painless. Most patients barely remember it happening and are back on their feet in no time.

  • Myth #5: Colonoscopies are too risky.

    Fact: It’s actually a very safe procedure. Serious complications are extremely rare (about 2 in 1000 patients). You are far more likely to get colon cancer, which is very dangerous when left undetected.

  • Myth #6: That prep stuff is gross.

    Fact: It's no mai tai on the beach, but it’s not as bad as you think. With new flavors, dosages, and schedules, prep has gotten a lot better. A slightly unpleasant drink is worth it to quickly detect and prevent cancer.

  • Myth #7: Other screening methods are fine.

    Fact: A colonoscopy examines the whole colon, providing a 95% detection rate for cancer and precancerous polyps. Other screening methods often only detect cancer once it's already formed.

Myth #1: Colon cancer won’t affect me.

Fact: 1 in 20 Americans will get colon cancer in their lifetime, which is why it is so critical for men and women age 50-75 to get screened. If caught early, it's highly treatable and survivable.

Myth #3: I can’t afford a colonoscopy.

Fact: Your screening colonoscopy is fully covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And if a polyp is found during your procedure, it can often be removed without additional costs or treatments.

Myth #5: Colonoscopies are too risky.

Fact: It’s actually a very safe procedure. Serious complications are extremely rare (about 2 in 1000 patients). You are far more likely to get colon cancer, which is very dangerous when left undetected.

Know Your Colonoscopy Facts
Myth #7: Other screening methods are fine.

Fact: A colonoscopy examines the whole colon, providing a 95% detection rate for cancer and precancerous polyps. Other screening methods often only detect cancer once it's already formed.

Myth #2: I’m not having symptoms, so I don’t need screening.

Fact: Symptoms may be a sign that you already have advanced-stage cancer. Routine screening colonoscopies detect and remove pre-cancerous polyps, so you can stop colon cancer before it starts.

Myth #4: Colonoscopies hurt.

Fact: Colonoscopies are done under sedation and last 30 to 60 minutes, so the procedure is pretty quick and painless. Most patients barely remember it happening and are back on their feet in no time.

Myth #6: That prep stuff is gross.

Fact: It's no mai tai on the beach, but it’s not as bad as you think. With new flavors, dosages, and schedules, prep has gotten a lot better. A slightly unpleasant drink is worth it to quickly detect and prevent cancer.

Stories From Our Patients

We strive to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to every individual. Hear from our satisfied patients and see why RMG Gastroenterology is right for you.

To anyone considering a colonoscopy, don’t put it off! The doctor found I had colon cancer. Thanks to him, the colon cancer was found in time. I had surgery immediately and now am cancer free. The staff are extremely caring, compassionate and patient-focused.

Patient

The Saturday morning appointment is a great service for those of us that have difficulty taking time out of work! When I walked in for my colonoscopy procedure, I was greeted by the staff at check-in with a warm reception, taken back on time for the procedure and given a full explanation of what would occur by the nurse and the anesthesiologist. The experience was great! The doctor was a very warm, kind physician and I would recommend this practice 100 percent!

Patient

I recently had a colonoscopy at one of the RMG facilities. All of the staff were so kind, understanding, and very knowledgeable. This was my third colonoscopy over many years with other doctors. This was, by far, the very best experience. I will definitely go back to RMG Gastro for my next one!

Patient

About RMG Gastroenterology

We are an independent medical practice and a state certified endoscopy facility that provides comprehensive outpatient and acute in-patient care. Our goal is to provide patients with the latest in procedures and treatment as they strive to enhance and maintain their quality of life. We utilize a team approach with a professional staff that strives to provide compassionate, confidential, evidence-based and cost-effective care to each individual.

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We want you to have all the information you need as you prepare for your colonoscopy. Learn more about the procedure here: http://rmggastroenterology.com/colonoscopy-bowel-preps/

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