Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. William E. Pullano, MD, a trusted gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician at his self-titled practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City, has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating colorectal cancer. Get screened for signs of colon cancer today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to look inside your large bowel, or colon, using a small camera called a colonoscope. The colon, which is about 5 feet long, is the last portion of your digestive tract and stores unabsorbed food waste until it eliminates it as stool.
As you age, there can be complications in the colon, such as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, ulcers and colon cancer that Dr. Pullano can find with a colonoscopy. This quick and painless procedure can detect causes for symptoms that include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to Dr. Pullano. He can check you out to make sure you’re not at risk for colon cancer.
You’ll have some preparations before you have your colonoscopy. For Dr. Pullano to get the best possible look inside your colon, it must be empty. This helps to ensure the procedure is thorough and safe.
To empty the colon, Dr. Pullano will suggest a liquid diet for a day or two before treatment. This diet should consist of:
The night before your colonoscopy, Dr. Pullano will ask you to take a prescribed laxative to cleanse the bowel completely. In some cases, you may be asked to receive an enema or perform one on yourself.
Yes. One of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States is colon cancer for both men and women. In most cases, a polyp can take as long as 10-15 years to develop into colon cancer. With regular colonoscopy screenings, Dr. Pullano can detect early cancer and precancer signs and provide you with safe and effective treatment before cancer spreads into the body.