Colonoscopy Info

Currently, New Jersey ranks 34th in the country for colonoscopies and other colon cancer exams. That means only 63 percent of residents say they have been screened, despite the fact that a colonoscopy is the only colon cancer screening test that can detect and prevent colon cancer.

Important Colonoscopy Information to Know:

Benefits of a Colonoscopy:

A colonoscopy is the gold standard among colon cancer screening options. These are just a few of the many benefits a colonoscopy offers when it comes to cancer screening:

  • A colonoscopy provides the best detection rate for all types of polyps
  • Intravenous sedation is given during a colonoscopy to assure comfort during the exam
  • A colonoscopy is the most thorough examination of the entire colon

What Happens During a Colonoscopy?

Before the colonoscopy begins, you will be given intravenous (IV) sedation for your colonoscopy. With sedation, patients are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. Most patients sleep during the entire process and remember little or nothing about it.

During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted into your rectum. Doctors then use a small camera attached to the device to search for any abnormalities such as polyps, which is how colon cancer usually starts. These small groups of cells can be removed and tested to see if they are cancerous. Removing polyps during a colonoscopy can lower the risk of death from colon cancer by 90 percent.

Why Don’t People Get a Colonoscopy?

There are many reason why people do not choose a colonoscopy, despite all the benefits. The main reasons people choose to not have a colonoscopy include:

  • Patients are uncomfortable about the idea of the procedure
  • Patients do not want to do the bowel prep
  • Patients believe that the cost of a colonoscopy is expensive

Stop Colon Cancer Now North Jersey wants to learn more about why patients in New Jersey are not getting screened. This your chance to tell us why you have not gotten a colonoscopy.  Please take a few moments to take our survey . Your input could help us increase colon cancer screening rates in New Jersey.