Many of our clients undergo endoscopy procedures – colonoscopy and gastroscopy – on site at Medcan so they can minimize the discomfort and inconvenience that typically comes with such procedures.
We strive to make both procedures as comfortable as possible, with a relaxed environment, access to the latest monitoring and detection equipment, and first-class service.
Endoscopy allows your Medcan team to screen for medical problems such as intestinal inflammation, ulceration, bleeding or colon cancer, which can be mitigated through early detection and treatment.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a screening procedure for colon cancer. If there is anything abnormal, such as a polyp (abnormal growth on the inside lining of the intestine) or inflamed tissue, your physician can painlessly remove all or part of it using the tiny instruments passed through the scope. Tremendous progress in the field of video scopes allows our gastroenterologists to screen your entire large intestine or colon during a colonoscopy. A conscious sedation is offered for this procedure to keep you comfortable.
The tissue (biopsy) is then sent to a lab for testing. Not every polyp becomes malignant, but by removing all colon polyps, the potential for bowel cancer is significantly reduced.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. However, an additional one to two hours may be required after the procedure for rest and observation.
What to expect
Why is a colonoscopy important?
Colon cancer is the second most frequent cause of cancer death in the country, and will affect 5 percent of Canadians in their lifetime. Large studies have shown that active screening can reduce your risk by 90 percent. Other risks factors for colon cancer include:
- Age, as 90% of all new cases occur in people over age 45
- Family or personal history of rectal polyps, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or breast cancer
- Unhealthy lifestyle: poor eating habits and smoking
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s)
Early detection via a colonoscopy is the best defense against colon cancer.