When Should You Start Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, arises in the colon or rectum due to abnormal cell growth. Screening for colon cancer is vital as it can detect precancerous polyps or cancer in its early stages when treatment is more effective. By detecting and removing polyps during screenings, the risk of developing colon cancer decreases significantly.

Visiting Dr. Stephen Buto, an experienced specialist, is essential for colon health. He recommends regular check-ups if you're over 45 or have a family history of colon cancer. Symptoms like persistent changes in bowel habits, blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, or abdominal discomfort should prompt an immediate visit.

Dr. Buto employs various methods for colon cancer screening in Honolulu, HI, including colonoscopy, fecal occult blood tests, and sigmoidoscopy. A colonoscopy every ten years is beneficial for average-risk individuals. Dr. Buto will discuss the most suitable screening based on your medical history and risk factors. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment.

When Should You Start Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer screening is a crucial step in safeguarding your health. Most medical guidelines suggest beginning screenings at age 45 or earlier if you have risk factors. If you're in good health and have no symptoms, it's wise to start the conversation with your doctor. Discuss screening options sooner if you have a family history of colon cancer or other concerning symptoms like unexplained weight loss, changes in bowel habits, or blood in your stool.

If your father was diagnosed with colon cancer at 50, start screening ten years before his age at diagnosis. Perhaps you experience persistent abdominal pain or notice unexpected changes in your digestive patterns - seek medical advice promptly to discuss colon cancer screening in Honolulu, HI.

Early detection is necessary for managing colon cancer effectively. Screening methods like colonoscopies, stool-based tests, or other imaging techniques are available. Your doctor will guide you in selecting the most suitable option based on your medical history and preferences.

How Our Gastroenterologist Can Help

A gastroenterologist plays a crucial role in colon cancer screening by employing various diagnostic procedures and expertise. They perform colonoscopies using a flexible tube with a camera to examine the large intestine for polyps or signs of cancer.

Gastroenterologists specialized knowledge helps in assessing risk factors, advising on lifestyle changes, and recommending appropriate screening schedules based on individual health history. Early detection and intervention significantly improve outcomes, making gastroenterologists instrumental in reducing colon cancer incidence and mortality.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. Take control of your health with a colon cancer screening in Honolulu, HI. Early detection saves lives. To book an appointment with Dr. Buto, call (808) 524-7676.

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Patient Testimonials

  • "Thank you very much for your efficient and professional caring to take care of my colon health."
  • "Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me to address my concerns and to perform the procedures. Your warm bedside manner and compassion were greatly appreciated! I am very thankful to have someone so thorough investigating my symptoms. Thank you!!!"
  • "Many thanks for a job well done. It was a huge relief going through the ordeal. Your easy going, soft sell of the procedure was a big help. It helped to put things in perspective and allowed me to be less apprehensive. Your efficient team worked swiftly and well. We are fortunate to have such up-to-date facilities and trained staff. We are very fortunate to have such fine medical care."
  • "Thank you for the extra special care you gave my dad during his recent gall bladder episode. My family and I truly appreciate your attention to dad’s case, your kindness, compassion, thoroughness, being there in the middle of the night, communication with the family, and just the heart with which you serve. I wish there were more doctors like you. God bless and keep you and your family."
  • "I can’t thank you enough for the extraordinary effort you went through to help me reach a conclusive diagnosis. You went over and beyond any expectation, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the time and effort. My mind is at ease that I had the expertise of you and your colleagues to help me."
  • "Thank you for service above and beyond on a long Saturday afternoon, when my husband was in so much pain. It was very comforting to know that you were just a phone call away. We needed your instructions and advice, and it kept him from a hospital stay."
  • "Thank you for your wonderful expertise and care."
  • "It has been one week since my first colonoscopy. Thank you so much that the entire process and procedure went so smoothly. The time and effort in providing a thorough pre-consultation and explanation relieved me of my anxiety and concerns. The communication and follow through by your office was very helpful and appreciated! I sincerely appreciate your kind attention and excellent medical care in the successful accomplishment of my procedure"
  • "Thank you so much for your attentive and thorough care. I appreciate your acknowledging my anxiety over the anesthesia. And your attempt to alleviate it. It worked beautifully!!!"
  • "I have had my second procedure with Dr. Buto and Dr. Leong in 10 years. They and their staff were the most professional and courteous people that I have ever met. Everything was explained to me as to what was going to happen for prep, the procedure and after the procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Buto, Dr. Leong and their staff."