Colon, or colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. The lifetime risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum is 1 in 20 (5%). While the statistics seem grim, the good news is that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers with proper screening and evaluation.
At NorthShore, our board-certified gastroenterologists have performed countless colonoscopies – the gold standard of colon cancer screening tests. A screening and diagnostic tool, colonoscopy helps to prevent colon cancer through the removal of polyps. Precursors to the development of cancer, colon polyps develop in up to as many as half the adult population. About 10% of polyps could progress to colon cancer if undetected and left in place to grow. While the progression from polyp to cancerous tumors could take years, screening colonoscopies effectively lower, if not eliminate, the odds of dying from this common disease for both average risk and high risk individuals.
NorthShore provides lifesaving screening colonoscopies and other colon cancer screening tests that are of the highest quality at all of our GI Lab locations. Not only are our facilities recognized for quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy , a leading gastrointestinal medical society, but also our GI experts have achieved a colon polyp detection rate well above the national average. Our personalized services consistently earn us top patient satisfaction ratings.
We offer convenient procedure times throughout the weekday and on Saturdays that fit into any busy schedule. Every weekend, Saturday screening colonoscopy hours are available on a rotating basis at one of our four hospital GI Lab locations.
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For more information or to schedule a screening colonoscopy with one of our gastroenterologists, please call 888.364.6400.