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Colonoscopy

Schedule Your Colonoscopy

To schedule a colonoscopy or for help finding a physician, call our Access Line at 877-CAPECOD or email us today.

A colonoscopy is used to examine, diagnose and treat problems in your colon. In addition to its value in screening for colorectal cancer, colonoscopies are done to:

  • Determine the cause of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits
  • Take tissue samples for testing
  • Stop intestinal bleeding
  • Monitor your response to treatment if you have inflammatory bowel disease

Cancer Screening

Colonoscopy is considered a screening test, a procedure that looks for a disease before you experience any symptoms. Because colonoscopy can detect and remove precancerous polyps and even treat cancer, it plays an important role in preventing colorectal cancer or stopping its progression.

When to Be Screened for Colorectal Cancer

You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50 and continue screening at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier than 50 or more often than other people if:

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease
  • You have genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer

Speak with your doctor about when screening is right for you.

Learn more about colonoscopy in our online Health Library.

Endoscopy Services

Cape Cod Healthcare physicians are trained, skilled and experienced in endoscopy procedures. An endoscope is an instrument that has a tiny camera attached to a long, thin tube. During endoscopy procedures, the doctor moves it through a body passageway or opening to see inside an organ.

Some types of endoscopes are used to screen for cancer in people who have no symptoms. For example, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy are used to screen for colon and rectal cancer. These procedures can also help prevent cancer because they let doctors find and remove polyps that might become cancer if left alone.

For information on the endoscopy location most convenient and suitable for your health needs, ask your doctor or healthcare provider.

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