A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure during which your large intestine is examined from the inside. Colonoscopies are used to screen for colorectal cancer, as well as to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or changes in bowel habits. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends a screening exam for anyone older than age 50, or earlier for individuals with a family history of colon cancer.
Russ Nichols, M.D., has been performing colonoscopies at Pioneer Memorial Hospital (PMH) since 2008. According to Dr. Nichols, some people avoid getting a colonoscopy because they’re worried that it’s a painful, intrusive procedure. In actuality, he says, a colonoscopy is a simple, painless procedure that can help a person avoid serious problems in the future.
To schedule a colonoscopy at PMH or to learn more about these services, please call Pioneer Memorial Clinic at (541) 676-5504.
You should consider having a colonoscopy if you:
- Are older than age 50
- Eat a diet high in red or processed meats
- Have cancer elsewhere in your body
- Have a family history of colon cancer
- Have colorectal polyps
- Have an inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)