1203 Jefferson Street
Laurel, MS 39440
Carolyn H. Cegielski, DO
Jesse H. Ezzell, Jr., MD
Andrea Fialho, MD
Andre Fialho, MD
Stephen P. Johnson, DO
Rhonda Richardson, NP
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
South Central Gastroenterology provides treatment for the liver, stomach, intestines, colon and any other organs in the body running in the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. The gastroenterologist team treats appendicitis, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, liver diseases and pancreatic diseases. Together, South Central Gastroenterology works closely with physicians at South Central Regional Medical Center to provide quality care for patients locally. To schedule an appointment with a provider at South Central Gastroenterology, please call 601-649-2863. Our facility is located at 1203 Jefferson Street in Laurel, directly across from South Central Regional Medical Center.
We make it easier for you to schedule your colonoscopy screening.
The direct access colonoscopy service for South Central Gastroenterology makes colon cancer screening procedures more accessible for everyone. This program allows healthy individuals, age 45 and older, to schedule a colonoscopy screening without scheduling an initial office visit and pick up preparation supplies at a pharmacy of your choice. By skipping these steps, you will save valuable time.
Click here to begin the process for Direct Access Colonoscopy.
Prevent Colon Cancer With a Colonoscopy Starting at Age 45
It used to be 50. Now, anyone approaching their 45th birthday should talk to their primary care provider to schedule a possibly lifesaving colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is an exam that can stop colorectal cancer, which is among the most common – and deadly – forms of the disease. South Central Gastroenterology and the American Cancer Association both recommend the screening.
Why did the Age Change to 45? Over the last 20 years, experts in the field of oncology and gastroenterology noticed trends, including:
Reducing the recommended age to 45 made sense in light of these numbers. Carolyn Cegielski, DO, Gastroenterologist at South Central Gastroenterology states, “The sooner the colon exam occurs, the more likely providers can either detect it, or better yet, stop colon cancer in its tracks.”
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