Colonoscopy and Other GI Cancer Screenings
No one wants to think about cancer. But for some people at high risk for certain cancers, regular screenings can save lives.
At Memorial Healthcare System, we perform noninvasive screening procedures to help detect certain gastrointestinal cancers, such as colon cancer, at their earliest stages when treatment is most effective. We also use specialized genetic tests to determine cancer risk for people with a family history of pancreatic cancer.
Colonoscopy and Colon Cancer Screenings
An increasing number of colon cancers have been found to have a genetic link. In general, physicians recommend high-risk screenings for immediate family members of people with colon cancer. If colon cancer runs in your family, you may benefit from regular colon cancer screenings. Your physician may recommend starting annual colonoscopy screenings starting 10 years before the age your family member was first diagnosed with the disease.
Memorial Healthcare System offers comprehensive colonoscopy services at convenient locations throughout South Broward County.
Pancreatic Cancer Screening
In line with National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines in Oncology, we recommend anyone with a family history of pancreatic cancer (a first-degree or second-degree relative) speak with a genetic counselor. Our genetic specialists can help you determine whether genetic testing may benefit you.
Genetic tests can identify certain gene mutations that lead to a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. This information can help us determine how closely we need to monitor you. If necessary, additional screenings may help detect cancer in its earliest stages, possibly before you experience any symptoms.
Learn more about how we treat pancreatic cancer.
Esophageal Cancer Screening
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other noncancerous conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus are considered risk factors for esophageal cancer. But not everyone with these conditions develops cancer.
Your physician may recommend you undergo regular screenings if you have chronic (long-term) reflux symptoms. Regular screenings can spot cancer in the early stages, when it’s most treatable.
At Memorial, our physicians are experienced in performing a minimally invasive procedure called upper endoscopy. We use this test to check for small changes to the esophagus lining in patients who have an increased risk of developing the disease.
Learn more about esophageal cancer.