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Gastroenterology

If you were born before 1963, owned a Volkswagen bus, remember Motown or when man walked on the moon and are age 50 or over, a colonoscopy could save your life.

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States according to the American Cancer Society, and will be diagnosed in one of every 20 people in the U.S.

But here’s the good news: Death rates due to colon cancer have been dropping steadily for the past 20 years, thanks to early detection and improved treatment. Medical evidence suggests that preventive screening, is the most reliable form of early detection, and Sweeny Community Hospital can help.

Our ambulatory surgery unit was recently completely remodeled and includes a new endoscopy suite with updated, advanced care equipment, and new anesthesia assisted procedures for a safer, more comfortable, and efficient process.

Total estimated procedure time for a colonoscopy is only 2 to 2.5 hours. Contact your primary care physician for more information about lifesaving screening options.

Take the first step. It could add years to your life!