The video below shares the story of Debbie, a Valley patient. After opting for a home Cologuard test, she received a positive result. Her primary care provider referred her to Joseph Roberts, MD, a gastroenterologist with Valley’s Gastrointestinal Clinic. Dr. Roberts performed her colonoscopy that confirmed she had colon cancer. Colorectal surgeon Greta Bernier, MD, successfully performed a robotic minimally invasive surgery, significantly aiding Debbie’s recovery and return to everyday life. The video highlights Valley’s commitment to patient care, advanced surgical techniques, and the importance of timely cancer screening.
Learn more about colonoscopies below the video.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the provider to examine the entire length of the large intestine. Colonoscopy can assist in identifying problems with the colon, such as early signs of cancer, inflamed tissue, ulcers, and bleeding. Colonoscopy is also used to screen for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
Who should have a colonoscopy?
Everyone age 45 or older should have some form of colon cancer screening. Those with a strong family history of colon cancer may need screening earlier than 45. Talk with your primary care provider about colonoscopy and other preventive screenings you may need.