According to The American Cancer Society, colon cancer screenings should begin at age 50, and colonoscopies or fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) every year are the preferred tests and should be performed every ten years afterwards. Furthermore, emerging data demonstrates that African-American patients should be screened earlier than age 50 due to increase in CRC rates.
The Open Access Colonoscopy program at Bristol Hospital allows patients the opportunity to schedule their screening colonoscopy directly with the center, reducing office visits and added co-pays. When a person qualifies for the program by meeting simple pre-screening requirements, the appointment will be scheduled immediately. If a person does not qualify, he or she will be directed to contact their Primary Care provider to ensure their health needs are addressed prior to scheduling the appointment.
If you are over the age of 50 or due for a routine screening, contact the Bristol Hospital Center for Endoscopy today at 860 585-3302.
Patricia Coppola, MSN, RN, CNOR, is the director of Perioperative Services at Bristol Hospital. For more information about Open Access colonoscopy, please call 860-585-3302 or visit www.bristolhospital.org