Colonoscopies are considered to be the gold standard when it comes to screening for colon cancer. Not only can a colonoscopy check for colon cancer, but it can also detect and remove polyps before they become cancerous, making this the only test that diagnosis and treatment occur at the same time. A colonoscopy can also detect colon cancer in its earliest stages, when treatment works best.
Doctors at Lancaster Gastroenterology Procedure Center have created a simple, inexpensive approach to detect even more polyps than ever before. When performing a colonoscopy, the doctor and a team of endoscopy technicians use their “All Eyes on the Screen” approach by focusing all of their attention on the screen. Since implementing this approach, the team at Lancaster GI has detected polyps in 50 percent of patients, compared to the national average of 25 percent. Lancaster GI’s rate for detecting flat polyps, which are more difficult to find, is 13 percent as opposed to the national average of just under 5 percent.