Everyone needs a colonoscopy, including you. Everyone over the age of 45 is at average risk of colon cancer—90 percent of cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 45.
That means that once you blow out those 45 candles on your birthday cake, you must begin routine colon cancer screenings. And, if you have read the headlines lately, young adults—think millennials and generation X—may be candidates for an early screening colonoscopy too.
The truth is, everyone is at-risk for colon cancer. However, everyone can take steps to detect the disease early and get immediate treatment, if needed—which only a colonoscopy can do.
It’s a Fact: Colonoscopies Save Lives
During a colonoscopy, a gastroenterologist views the colon, checking for polyps (abnormal clumps of cells) and other warning signs. If polyps are detected, they can be immediately removed during the procedure.
Polyps may be benign or cancerous—either way, a gastroenterologist can remove them to prevent them from becoming cancerous or as a first line of treatment to stop the spread of cancer. Early detection means early treatment and a higher survival rate.
These days, it’s no secret that your healthcare is in your hands, but that doesn’t mean it should become a DIY (do-it-yourself) project, like an at-home colon cancer screening kit. Colon cancer is a serious disease. True prevention requires expertise, the ability to act quickly and, of course, the reality is it has to fit both your budget and your busy lifestyle.
The Truth About DIY Colon Cancer Screenings
With the invention of products that make colon cancer screening as easy as going to the bathroom, it’s no wonder so many people are considering this DIY-style of healthcare. While this simplicity seems like a great idea, there are some key points you need to know.
Before you order your at-home colon cancer screening, ask yourself:
“How Much is an At-Home Colon Cancer Screening Kit?”
The answer is often surprising. Though many at-home screening kits are covered by insurance, they can end up costing you far more money out of pocket. If you take the at-home test and get a positive result, you will need to see a gastroenterologist and ultimately schedule a colonoscopy. And that second screening will no longer qualify as a preventive health benefit, leaving you with the costs.
“Is an At-Home Colon Cancer Test Accurate?”
The ads for the at-home colon cancer screenings claim results are near perfect, but the fine print reads that risk of self- contamination is high and specificity and sensitivity are lower than a traditional colonoscopy, meaning you could end up with a false result—negative or positive. One might cost you more money, while the other might cost your life.
When it comes to your health, don’t you deserve the very best? Trust your health to the experts who detect and prevent colon cancer every single day for thousands of people. A colonoscopy by a fellowship- trained gastroenterologist will save your life.
- 13% of consumers will get a false positive, reducing clinical and cost effectiveness
- 10% of colon cancers are missed— limiting compared to a colonoscopy
- 58% of potentially precancerous adenomas go undetected—more than half may be missed reducing an at-home kit’s effectiveness as a preventive tool
What’s the Best Option for Colon Cancer Screening?
Choosing Digestive Health Centers in Dallas to be your partner in detecting and preventing colon cancer is making the best choice for better health and a longer life.
Digestive Health Centers is staffed by some of the leading gastroenterologists in North Texas. Every gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Centers is board certified and supported by a medical team that specializes in gastrointestinal health.
Get top-level care from expert physicians that will fit your budget, plus enjoy the comfort and convenience of a safety-certified facility with accessible parking, and convenient curbside patient drop-off and pick-up.
The very best is only a benefit to you if it is within reach. And that is why Digestive Health Centers deliver the highest level of care from fellowship-trained gastroenterologists at a price that fits your budget.
- Fellowship-trained gastroenterologists with high ADR
- Procedures cost a fraction of what you would pay at the hospital
- Cash payment options and payment plans available
- A standard colonoscopy takes just 2 to 3 hours from arrival to departure
- Advanced technology
- Industry-leading certifications for safety
- Accessible parking
- Curbside drop-off and pick-up
Schedule a Colonoscopy Today
Contact Digestive Health Centers to schedule a colonoscopy. Remember, a colonoscopy performed by a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist is the only colon cancer screening method that both prevents and detects colon cancer. Only the best can save your life.