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Bhatti GI Blog

Each month we will post articles on various GI topics. We hope you will find our blog to be interesting and informative. Stop back often!

Have you been putting off your screening colonoscopy because you don’t want to miss work? Do you hate the thought of using your hard-earned vacation or PTO days for a procedure?

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Many people fear a colonoscopy and dread the thought of it. The procedure is safe and effective.  And, a screening colonoscopy is hands down the best way to identify and treat colon cancer before it becomes a scary beast.  Despite that, many people avoid it and procrastinate getting one.  For some, the fear is so great that it prevents them from having the procedure done at all!  Below are a few tips for alleviating fear and anxiety about colonoscopies. 

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Colon cancer is a serious – potentially fatal – condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of colon cancer can be difficult for patients to self-diagnose. Below are some of the most common signs of colon cancer.

 

Abdominal Discomfort

Cramping, pain, or discomfort in the abdominal region that lasts for a long time, or recurs over days or weeks is a potential sign of colon cancer. However, abdominal pain is a potential symptom of many different conditions so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from a GI specialist.

 

Bowel Movement Changes

Another sign that may indicate a diagnosis of colon cancer is changes in bowel movements. This can include: blood in the stool, constipation, changes in the consistency of stool, and changes in bowel habits.

 

Weight Loss

Unexpected or unintended weight loss is another potential symptom of colon cancer. If you find that you’re losing an excessive amount of weight without changing your diet or exercise habits, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor.

 

Weakness & Fatigue

Feeling generally weak or fatigued may also be an indication of colon cancer. Again, this is a broad symptom that may indicate a wide variety of conditions. Consult with your physician to get an accurate diagnosis before moving forward to treatment.

 

Call Your Gastroenterologist

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to fully diagnose your condition. The best way to prevent and diagnose colon cancer is a colonoscopy.  Bhatti GI has clinics in Edina and Chaska and always promises to get patients in within a week.  Bhatti GI performs most colonoscopies at Bhatti Surgery Center, a safe, clean, convenient alternative to hospitals.  Don't put your health in jeopardy; call Bhatti GI today.

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Have you been putting off your screening colonoscopy because you don’t want to miss work? Do you hate the thought of using your hard-earned vacation or PTO days for a procedure?

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Have you been putting off your screening colonoscopy because you don’t want to miss work? Do you hate the thought of using your hard-earned vacation or PTO days for a procedure?

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For many people, the thought of getting a colonoscopy sounds dreadful. And many might wonder why they should bother with getting a colonoscopy when they feel fine and don't have any symptoms. Well, the American Cancer Society recommends that the vast majority of people should get screening colonoscopies for the detection of colon cancer, beginning at age 45. Here are five reasons why:

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Many people don't think about their colon health until something goes wrong.  But there are steps you can take to keep your colon (and the rest of your body) healthy.  In this article, we are going to discuss a few tips for keeping your colon happy and healthy.

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Many patients have been told that they should get a screening colonoscopy at a certain age, but some wonder whether the procedure is worth the effort. The fact is that screening colonoscopies are not just worth it – they can be life-saving. In this article, we are going to explain why it’s worth it to get regular screening colonoscopies.

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If you are age 45 or older, you might be wondering if you really need to have a colonoscopy. The answer is a resounding YES. Colorectal Cancer (or Colon Cancer) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer screening using regular colonoscopies can lead to a dramatic reduction in the number of deaths from cancer of the colon and rectum. In fact, 60% of colon cancer deaths can be prevented with a colonoscopy.

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Many people fear a colonoscopy and dread the thought of it. The procedure is safe and effective.  And, a screening colonoscopy is hands down the best way to identify and treat colon cancer before it becomes a scary beast.  Despite that, many people avoid it and procrastinate getting one.  For some, the fe

ar is so great that it prevents them from having the procedure done at all!  Below are a few tips for alleviating fear and anxiety about colonoscopies. 

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For many people, the thought of getting a colonoscopy sounds dreadful.  And many might wonder why they should bother with getting a colonoscopy when they feel fine and don't have any symptoms.  Well, the American Cancer Society recommends that the vast majority of people should get screening colonoscopies for the detection of colon cancer, beginning at age 50.  Here are five reasons why:

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