5 Reasons Not To Put Off Your Colonoscopy Due to COVID-19
Are you delaying getting your colonoscopy due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic? Doctors are concerned that patients may not know the risks that come with delaying cancer screening. Here are five reasons not to put off your colonoscopy due to coronavirus:
Delaying Screenings Makes Treating & Surviving Colon Cancer More Difficult.
Early detection and prevention is key to surviving colon cancer. Colonoscopies not only detect colon cancer, they allow treatment and removal of precancerous polyps that prevent you from getting cancer. This makes colonoscopy much more effective than other screenings that simply detect cancer and are less accurate.
If colon cancer advances undetected, it makes treatment more difficult and lowers the likelihood of survival.
Elective Procedures Are Back
The reason why elective procedures were placed on hold was to conserve personal protective equipment that was in short supply early in the pandemic. Masks, face-shields, and surgical gowns are now readily available.
It’s important to note: Elective doesn’t mean optional. If there are indications for a procedure like a colonoscopy, the patient is putting their health at risk by delaying them.
Screening Saves Lives
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, and it’s largely preventable through colonoscopy screenings. However, many adults are past due for screening, and an estimated 53,000 Americans will die from colorectal cancer this year.
Screening is Done Safely
Our cleaning, distancing, protective equipment protocols are designed to keep you safe during your entire visit. Probably safer than going to the grocery store! You can read more about how we’re keeping you safe on our COVID-19 info page.
Colon Cancer Didn’t Go Away
Our physicians remove polyps every day and find numerous cancers every month. Some of the patients who needed to reschedule early in the pandemic may have precancerous polyps or colon cancer that needs treatment. If you delayed your colonoscopy due to the pandemic, now is the time to reschedule.