What Is the Difference Between a Screening vs. Diagnostic Colonoscopy?

Cancer of the colon affects the lives of millions of patients every year. When detected early, colon cancer can generally be treated effectively, offering a high survival rate. Having routine colorectal cancer tests allows physicians to look for premalignant growths in the large intestine (colon) and rectum, and evaluate for any changes should a patient’s… Read more »

Learn Why EOY Is a Great Time To Have a Colonoscopy

A lot of people wince at the thought of getting a colonoscopy screening. But did you know that when you obtain an initial colonoscopy, if it reveals normal results, you will not have to undergo the procedure for another ten years? That is a complete decade colonoscopy-free. Undergoing a colonoscopy exam may not be first… Read more »

What Women Should Know About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second-highest cause of cancer-related deaths among women, behind breast cancer. Making up the longest part of the digestive tract, or the large intestine, the colon draws nutrients and water from food that has passed through the small bowel. The end segment of the large intestine is known as the rectum. At… Read more »

Facts about Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Home Screenings

You may have seen the recent coverage regarding patients receiving a co-payment bill from a follow-up colonoscopy to a positive Cologuard test. If you haven’t, below are several links to the story in various media.   CBS News: Woman hit with nearly $2,000 unexpected bill for colon cancer screening U.S. News & World Report: Could… Read more »

Top GI Problems Affecting Men (Men’s Health Month)

Men in general tend to have less sensitive guts than women; however, women are more likely to visit a doctor when they are sick and therefore have better health & greater life expectancy. The reason for this could be that men are less aware of their symptoms or are unwilling to acknowledge they have health… Read more »

What Happens During a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy helps diagnose and treat certain gastrointestinal conditions without having to make any incisions. It is usually recommended as a screening procedure for colorectal cancer and to detect inflammation, ulcers, bleeding, and tumors. It can also be used to remove polyps that may become cancerous at a later stage. The colonoscopy procedure is relatively… Read more »

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Preventable. It’s Treatable. It’s Easy to Detect. What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer It’s PREVENTABLE. Colon and rectal cancer can often be prevented with proper screening, such as a colonoscopy. The earlier the cancer is found, the better chance the person has to beat it. That is why early detection is so… Read more »

When Should I Get a Colon Cancer Screening?

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. However, there are effective ways to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact. An easy way to ensure you are safe from colon cancer? Schedule your screening colonoscopy today with GI Alliance.  What Age Should I a Colonoscopy? In the most recent guidelines, The… Read more »

What are the Dangers of Home Screening

COVID – 19 has forced many of us to find new ways to do things at home. While this may work for telecommuting, ordering home delivery, or other social distancing related practices – it is not recommended, especially when it comes to colorectal cancer prevention. Lately, there has been a rise in home screening for… Read more »

The Cold Hard Facts About Colon Cancer

Each year in the United States, nearly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and over 50,000 die from the disease. It is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are effective ways to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact. What, Exactly, is Colorectal Cancer? The colon and rectum connect the… Read more »

How Has The Incidence Of Colon Cancer Changed Over Time?

Colon, or colorectal cancer, is cancer of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women in the United States – the lifetime risk for developing the condition is around 5%. However, there is a lot of good news in the field as well. Colon cancer… Read more »

How Race Affects A Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

When issues of health and wellness are presented, clearly delineated differences between groups of individuals diagnosed with and surviving cancer are apparent.  Why would one group of individuals fare better than others in avoiding a cancer diagnosis?  How are some patients, who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, better able to make it to the… Read more »

What Is A Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical test used to screen for colon cancer and other bowel issues. During a colonoscopy, a camera is used to view the inner lining of your large intestine and rectum. Colonoscopies should be performed routinely in a number of populations, as we’ll explore below. The Basics To perform a colonoscopy, your doctor will… Read more »

What Do I Need To Know About Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer and of cancer deaths. It is the third leading cause of deaths in the US and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  With proper screening and early detection, colon cancer is 90% preventable.  It’s important to have a basic understanding of colorectal… Read more »

Colonoscopies In Baton Rouge

In the fight against colorectal cancer, the colonoscopy is one of the most valuable tools. Although colonoscopies only need to be performed every once in a while, they prove to be extremely useful for detecting and preventing colon cancer.   Colonoscopies, unfortunately, carry a bit of a social stigma for being embarrassing or possibly painful.  Many… Read more »

Polyps And Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge

On Polyps and Previous Colonoscopies A patient’s report of a previous colonoscopy as, “it was normal” or “it showed such and such” is not sufficent and may suggest something entirely different when said in non-medical terms. Many patients say they had polyps but “they were nothing”, “they were benign”, or “they were not cancerous”. These statements leave… Read more »

This Appointment Can Save Your Life

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US.  It is also the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  With proper screening and early detection, colorectal cancer is 90% preventable.  It’s important to have a basic understanding of colorectal cancer and its prevention.… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part III

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member (FM) of a patient is having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening with a gastroenterologist (D).  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Many of these objections to screening are addressed in this series.  If you… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part II

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member (FM) of a patient is having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening with a gastroenterologist (D).  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Many of these objections to screening are addressed in this series. … Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part I

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member of a patient and a gastroenterologist are having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening.  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Here, we address those objections.  If you know someone who is resisting having… Read more »

Who Does Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge?

Getting a colonoscopy is one of the most important things older adults 50 years and above can do to prevent colon cancer and ensure early treatment if colon cancer does develop. Gastroenterology Associates understands the importance of having a skilled, experienced gastroenterologist perform a colonoscopy, which is why we work to provide the most expert… Read more »

Deductible Met? Schedule Your Colonoscopy Screening Today

As the end of the year approaches, many people have met their insurance deductible so that full insurance coverage kicks in for elective procedures. This makes it a great time to schedule medical care that is not immediately necessary. What Medical Procedures Should I Schedule After Hitting Deductible? Seeking medical care for conditions that are… Read more »

11 Common Causes Of Rectal Bleeding

Why is there blood in my stool? It’s a question we never want to ask, but it’s one in vital need of an answer. Even a slight presence of blood in your stool or on the toilet tissue hints that bleeding is occurring in the digestive tract. The darker the appearance of the blood, the… Read more »

Colon Cancer Screening For Millennials In Baton Rouge

It’s that time of year again—Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Over the years, we’ve talked about the prevalence of colon cancer among adults over 50, as well as how diabetes, race, polyps, and other genetic factors can increase the risk of colon cancer. But now, it’s time to talk about a startling new demographic at risk—millennials. New research has shown that… Read more »

Why Your Colonoscopy Shouldn’t Be A Source Of Stress

Throughout the course of my medical training and my years as a physician, my perspective has changed in many ways.  I went from simply wanting a solid career to finding the practice of medicine that I was passionate about.  Eventually, I began to make the connection of what I studied in books to how it… Read more »

Colonoscopy Fears: Why You Shouldn’t Listen To Your Gut

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Americans.  Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable with early detection.  This is why colonoscopies at the age of 50 (or sooner for high-risk patients) have become the standard recommended screening test.  Not only can these procedures detect existing colorectal cancer, they also allow… Read more »

3 Types Of Screenings Performed By Gastroenterologists

When you are struggling with digestive difficulties or have reached an age when recommended screenings such as colonoscopies should begin, it’s time to include a gastroenterologist in your health care team. The training of a gastroenterologist is very specific and unique, including training in specialized gastrointestinal procedures.  This allows them to provide high quality, comprehensive… Read more »

What Causes Rectal Bleeding? Understanding Your Symptoms

Blood seen in the toilet or after wiping can be alarming. Your mind may begin to race, wondering what is causing the bleeding and if it could be something serious. Fortunately, the cause behind most cases of rectal bleeding is benign and easily treatable, so there is often no need to panic. Still, this is… Read more »

What To Expect After Your Baton Rouge Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a vital screening procedure for general health and wellness for all adults 50 years of age and older. This endoscopic procedure can detect polyps, tumors, inflammation or any other abnormalities that are asymptomatic or otherwise undetectable by other tests. And while your gastroenterologist has made sure you’re well-versed in the at-home preparation… Read more »

1.6 Million Americans Have This, Are You One of Them?

If you suffer from frequent abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, and weight loss, you may be one of the 1.6 million Americans suffering from a group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation and damage to the digestive tract, compromising its function. The disorder mainly includes Crohn’s disease… Read more »

What Are The Symptoms Of Colon Cancer?

You’ve heard that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most common cause of cancer. It is most common in older people, but cases among younger adults are becoming more common. And even if you’ve had the screening recommended by your doctor, you still wonder, “What if I get… Read more »

Colonoscopies: Myth And Fact

Colorectal cancer, also known simply as colon cancer, is one of the most common causes of cancer-related death. It is also highly treatable when caught early. The best tool for early detection and treatment is colonoscopy, which should be performed every 10 years in patients over the age of 50. During a colonoscopy, physicians insert a… Read more »

Aspirin And Colorectal Cancer

Aspirin has gained a great deal of attention as a multipurpose medication. The analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties of this substance have been used for centuries to treat a number of symptoms. It is a part of a group of medications known as NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which also includes ibuprofen, Celebrex, naproxen. Uses for… Read more »

Why Do I Have Bright Red Blood In My Stool?

Maybe you noticed bloody toilet paper or the water in the toilet bowl turn red after your bowel movement. It doesn’t matter how it came to your attention, discovering bright red blood in your stool can be alarming. But don’t panic just yet, because it isn’t necessarily something serious. Bleeding can occur anywhere along the… Read more »

3 Benefits of a Colonoscopy You Need to Know About

Once you reach a certain age, your doctor will most likely recommend a colonoscopy. This test is not only important for diagnosing colon cancer, but it is also an essential element in the efficient and effective treatment of cancer and other disorders related to your colon, rectum and digestive system. Here are a few benefits… Read more »