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SCRMC HealthBreak | Direct Access Colonoscopy

Posted on December 18, 2018

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among both men and women in the United States and is the second leading cause of cancer death. Vanessa Cochran, a gastrointestinal nurse navigator at South Central Regional Medical Center explains that one-third of colorectal deaths can be prevented by getting a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is the only method of visualization and removal of the polyp. Colonoscopies are recommended for everyone beginning at the age of fifty. If someone has a family history of colorectal cancer, they may need to get colonoscopies more frequently. Unfortunately, one of the main reasons people do not get their routine colonoscopies is due to time constraints. That is why South Central created a program to minimize the time patients need to get screened.