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Fast Track Colonoscopy

A fast track colonoscopy also known as an Open Access Endoscopy does not require a pre-screening visit or consultation. If you are at average risk for colon cancer you can save time by eliminating the pre-procedure consultation that usually accompanies a colonoscopy screening appointment.

This efficient approach is a smart way to proactively manage your health and could actually prevent colon cancer. Instead of scheduling pre-consultation or pre-screening appointments, you simply schedule yourself for a fast track screening and come into our Cancer Center on the day of your appointment.  We will conduct your consultation, screening, and any operative care if cancerous polyps are found, all on the same day.

Colon Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States in men and women combined – but it doesn’t have to be. As many as 60% of the deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if caught early enough and many can be treated during a screening colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society recommends;

  • People of average risk of colorectal cancer start regular colonoscopy screening at age 45;
  • Individuals in good health should continue to get regular screenings through age 75;
  • Those considered at increased or high risk for colon cancer should be screened more frequently.

Talk with a physician about recommended frequency based on your individual risk factors. 

Who Should Get a Colonoscopy

Fast Track Colonoscopy screenings are not for everyone. Patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for a Fast Track Colonoscopy. You may be a great candidate if you do not have any pre-existing medical conditions or prior individual or family history, such as:

  • Family history of colorectal cancer (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis) 
  • Family or individual history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Active Rectal Bleeding
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