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Colorectal Awareness

Know the Facts 

The data is clear:
colorectal cancer infographic

Here's how you can help prevent colorectal cancer 

  • Get Screened.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight.
  • Don't Smoke.
  • Be Physically Active.
  • Limit Alcohol - Zero is Best.

If you are younger than 45 and think you may be at a higher risk, ask your doctor if you should be screened.

For more information, call 423-778-4830

Western North Carolina residents, please contact your primary care provider.

Why do I need a colonoscopy? 

Colonoscopies can detect conditions like colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulosis. A colonoscopy helps a provider identify precancerous or cancerous colon polyps, which are growths inside the colon's lining. If the doctors spot polyps, they can quickly and painlessly remove them during the same colonoscopy.

Will I be fully asleep during a colonoscopy?

You won't be completely unconscious but will sleep through the procedure. 

Do I need to have a driver to pick me up?

Unless you elect to receive no sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to take you home after the colonoscopy. It can take a while for the sedative to wear off, so it is not considered safe to drive, take public transportation on your own, go back to work, or make important decisions that day.

How often do you recommend a colonoscopy?

People who are in good health should complete a colonoscopy every 3-10 years through the age of 75.