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Dr. Anubha Sinha and the professionals at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists perform colonoscopies for patients of all ages concerned about colon cancer. Colonoscopies can save lives by identifying signs of cancer before you even experience symptoms. Come see us in Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ, if you have a family history of colon cancer or need a colonoscopy.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that can identify cancer and precancerous polyps in the colon. It involves inserting a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera into the rectum to look into the rectum and colon. Your Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ, doctors can identify early signs of cancer or remove precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies require some preparation from the patient to empty the colon. A special diet a few days before including a liquid diet the day before prepares the colon. A patient is sedated with safe anesthesia for the procedure so you should sleep through it and not feel any discomfort.
Colonoscopies are a more invasive type of cancer screening, but precancerous polyps can actually be removed as they are detected during the colonoscopy.
Who needs a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies can be used as a diagnostic test, but are primarily used for colon cancer screening. Colon cancer affects an equal amount of men and women, but almost ninety percent of cases are in patients over the age of 50, so the recommended age for this screening is from 50-75. Colonoscopies can find signs of cancer before a patient is feeling any symptoms, which is why yearly cancer screenings are so important past a certain age.
Colonoscopies are only recommended every 10 years if you're not at an elevated risk for colon cancer. Your doctor can tell you if you're at an elevated risk based on your health and family history. Colonoscopies aren't recommended as often but you can still be screened for colon cancer every year with different tests if you are at an elevated risk.
If you're concerned about colon cancer, Dr. Sinha and the team at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists perform colonoscopies. Contact us in Hillsborough, and Flemington, NJ, at (908) 788-8200.
Colorectal cancer is cancer that begins as a polyp, a noncancerous growth, that has the potential to turn into cancer if left untreated. At Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, Dr. Anubha Sinha provides her patients with colon cancer screenings at her Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, office.
More About Colorectal Cancer
The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age, usually occurring in people over 50. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in the United States, according to The American Cancer Society, which estimates more than 53,000 deaths in 2020.
Risk factors vary from one person to another and while the risk increases as you age, anyone of any age can develop colorectal cancer. You do not need to have a family history and men are slightly more susceptible to getting colorectal cancer than women. African Americans are slightly more at risk as well, and your lifestyle and medical history play a major role:
Choose to eat healthily because consuming too many meats, processed foods, and barely any fruits and vegetables without exercising leads to obesity.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, having a history of certain types of cancers (breast, testicular, and prostate), and suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD increases your risk of colorectal cancer.
What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?
- Blood in the stool
- A change in bowel habits (constipation, thin stools, anal leakage)
- Feeling like you haven't completely emptied your bowels
- Abdominal pain, cramping and bloating
- Unintentional weight loss, iron deficiency anemia, and unexplained fatigue
- Fevers, chills, and night sweats
- Back pain that keeps you up at night
Colon Cancer Screenings in Flemington and Hillsborough
People 50 years of age and older should be screened. If your family history shows colon cancer, or you have polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, or another inherited disease, you should get a cancer screening sooner.
There are several different screening tests available including stool studies to examine blood, stool DNA tests, sigmoidoscopy, a colonoscopy, and a virtual colonoscopy.
Who to Contact for a Colon Cancer Screening
At Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, Dr. Anubha Sinha can help her Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, patients. If you'd like to learn more about colon cancer screenings or would like to schedule an appointment, call her office at 908-788-8200.
Abdominal pain can be caused by several factors, including the stomach flu, intolerance to certain foods, or a condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Depending on the particular cause of your abdominal pain, you might experience cramps, generalized pain throughout your entire belly, or localized pain in one specific area of the stomach. Dr. Anubha Sinha, the experienced gastroenterologist at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ, can diagnose and treat your abdominal pain.
Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can result from a variety of causes. Examples of common reasons for stomach pain include overeating, gas, constipation, stress, and gastroenteritis or the stomach flu. Other causes include intolerance to certain foods, muscle strain, and food poisoning. Abdominal pain could also be the result of an underlying medical condition or disease, such as:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Certain cancers
In addition to the examples provided here, there can be other causes of abdominal pain as well. It is best to see the skilled gastroenterologist at our office in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ for an accurate diagnosis of your stomach pain. Dr. Sinha can determine if the pain is due to an underlying medical condition and develop a treatment plan for you.
When to See a Gastroenterologist
Some causes of abdominal pain, such as overeating or food intolerance, can often be treated at home with over-the-counter antacid medications. Chronic or severe abdominal pain could be an indication of a more serious condition and is best treated by a medical professional, such as a gastroenterologist. Contact our office in Hillsborough right away to see the doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe stomach pain
- Recurring or persistent stomach pain
- Pain that gets worse when you move
- Develop a fever in conjunction with abdominal pain
- Chest pain or pressure
- Abdominal swelling
- Bloody diarrhea
If you are experiencing abdominal pain, we can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anubha, our knowledgeable Gastroenterologist, call Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ at (908) 788-8200. In-person appointments, virtual visits, and telemedicine appointments are available.