We’re equipped with the latest monitoring and detection equipment.
Risk factors for medical problems such as intestinal inflammation, ulceration, bleeding or colon cancer, can be mitigated through early detection and treatment.
Tremendous progress in the field of video scopes allows our Gastroenterologists to screen your entire large intestine or colon during a colonoscopy. Our relaxed environment and first-class service offers our clients an ideal facility for this procedure.
What is a colonoscopy?
A "colonoscopy" is a screening procedure for the entire bowel. If there is anything abnormal, such as a polyp (abnormal growth on the inside lining of the intestine) or inflamed tissue, the physician can painlessly remove all or part of it using the tiny instruments passed through the scope. The tissue (biopsy) is then sent to a lab for testing. Not every polyp becomes malignant but by removing all colon polyps the potential for bowel cancer is significantly reduced.
The procedure takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes, however, an additional 1 to 2 hours of recovery time may be required after the procedure, for rest and observation.
Why is a colonoscopy important?
Colon cancer is the second most frequent cause of cancer death in Canada, and will affect 5% of the population in their lifetime. Large studies have shown that active screening can reduce your risk by 90%. Other risks factors for colon cancer include:
- Age: 90% of all new cases occur in people over age 45
- Family or personal history of rectal polyps, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or breast cancer
- Unhealthy lifestyle: poor eating habits and smoking
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's)
To add any of the above services to your Comprehensive Health Assessment contact our bookings team at (416) 350-5900 or email to email@example.com.
Medcan’s Endoscopy Clinic underwent a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario inspection audit in October 2011 and received a full pass.