Have you thought about delaying or even skipping having a screening colonoscopy? Does the preparation the night before—or the test itself—seem overwhelming? You are not alone. Gastroenterologist Jeevan Vinod explains that many times our fear of the procedure is driven by not being able to see the whole picture
“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death for men and women in the United States,” says Dr. Vinod. “It’s my job as a gastroenterologist to prevent one of the most easily preventable diseases that exists.”
Dr. Vinod also says that it’s his job to make sure patients are comfortable. He wants patients to know that a colonoscopy is the most effective way to look for polyps and other precancerous growths in their colon. If growths are found, they can often easily be removed on the spot.
Nevertheless, if a colonoscopy still isn’t something you’re willing to schedule, there are other options and Dr. Vinod invites patients to discuss those options with him.