Your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer or evaluate concerning symptoms such as bleeding, irregular bowel habits, pain, or unexplained weight loss. During a colonoscopy, your doctor examines the interior walls of the rectum and colon for abnormalities using a colonoscope, a flexible tube with a camera and a light source on the end. Patients usually receive a sedative, and the procedure lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Learn more about how to prepare and what to expect during this procedure.
The importance of early colorectal cancer detection
As the second leading cause of cancer deaths, colorectal cancer often presents no symptoms in its early stages, which is why it’s critical to screen regularly. A colonoscopy can help your doctor find and remove growths (colorectal polyps) before they turn cancerous.
Experts recommend people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin routine screenings at age 50. People at higher risk may need to start screening earlier and get screened more frequently. Discuss your options and when you should begin screening with your primary care physician.
Schedule a colonoscopy in Greater Houston or East Texas
With many locations throughout Houston, East Texas, and surrounding areas, you’re likely to find a convenient clinic close to home. Make an appointment to receive your colonoscopy by following these simple steps:
- Scroll down to our Associated Institutes section.
- Find the location you would like to visit.
- Call the number listed with the location to speak with a team member.