Foxhall Surgical Associates, P.C. is proud to offer screening and diagnostic colonoscopy services. Dr. Peter Petrucci and Dr. Michael Palmer both perform colonoscopies at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Colon Cancer and Colonoscopy
Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, taking more than 50,000 lives each year (National Cancer Institute, 2008); yet it is also one of the most easily prevented and detected cancers when appropriate screening techniques are utilized.
There is much debate over colorectal cancer screening and how much screening is enough: Does everyone middle-aged and older need at least one colonoscopy? Or can the simpler and less costly tests- such as fecal occult, blood testing, and flexible sigmoidoscopy- catch precancerous growths in most people just as effectively as the more invasive procedure?
Each of the studies reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, and accessible on www.cancer.gov add a large piece of data to support the pro-colonoscopy view. They show that colonoscopy can detect a substantial number of precancerous polyps that are missed by sigmoidoscopy.
Scheduling a Colonoscopy
Patients who would like to set up a colonoscopy with one of our providers should contact our office and ask for the colonoscopy desk.