Whether you’re experiencing ongoing stomach pain, digestive problems, or simply want to be proactive about preventing cancer, an endoscopy or colonoscopy can help. During either of these procedures, Duck Lim, MD, can get a clear look at the internal condition of your body to diagnose conditions and help you maintain your health. For more information, call Valley Medical Center: Duck Lim, MD, in Granada Hills, California, or request an appointment online.
During an endoscopy, Dr. Lim will employ an endoscope to more closely examine your digestive tract. An endoscope is a small camera with a light attached to a thin, flexible tube. That tube can be easily inserted into your mouth and down your esophagus. Using the camera, Dr. Lim is able to look at the internal state of your esophagus, stomach, and even the upper part of your small intestine.
An endoscopy can be useful if you’ve been experiencing ongoing stomach pain, unusual bowel activities like constipation or diarrhea, ulcers, trouble swallowing, and bleeding in your digestive tract. This safe, non-surgical procedure can be key in giving you an accurate diagnosis so Dr. Lim can put together the right treatment plan for you.
A colonoscopy is a very similar procedure. It uses a colonoscope, another thin, long tube with a camera and light attached, to examine your colon and assess its health. The colonoscope will be inserted into your rectum so Dr. Lim can look into your colon. He will screen for colon cancer, including looking for polyps that could eventually develop into colon cancer. He can also identify any other issues that might be causing stomach pain, digestive problems, or rectal bleeding.
A colonoscopy is a powerful tool for diagnosing a wide range of health issues and preventing cancer.
If you do not have a family history of colon cancer, you should generally get your first colonoscopy at age 50. If the results of your colonoscopy come back negative (i.e., Dr. Lim doesn’t find anything unusual during your procedure), you can usually wait ten years until your next colonoscopy. If, however, you have a family history of cancer or your colonoscopy comes back positive, Dr. Lim will recommend more regular colonoscopies to minimize your health risks.
Getting regular colonoscopies is critical in preventing colon cancer, the third most common cause of cancer deaths in America, and catching it early when it’s most treatable.
If you would like more information about how to use these highly accurate, non-surgical diagnosis and cancer prevention procedures to protect your health, contact Valley Medical Center: Duck Lim, MD, today.