Be Confident. Start the Conversation with your Doctor.
First, TELL your doctor:
1. If you have a family history of polyps, or a family history of colorectal cancer.
2. If you are having pain, bloating, blood in stool, chronic constipation, irregular bowel habits at ANY AGE.
3. Remind your doctor you are over 50, and African Americans please remind your doctor if you are over age 45.
Second, ASK your doctor about:
2. Scheduling a colonoscopy.
3. Proper prepping procedure. No fear, scroll down and read below.
Two in-home Screening Tools for Colorectal Cancer to talk about with your doctor: FIT and Cologuard.
The Fecal Immunochemical Test is a noninvasive, easy method to test for occult (non-visible) blood in the stool which could signal an issue which needs further investigating. The test is completed in the privacy of your own home and then the patient mails test to the designated lab to complete the screen. The results are sent to the doctor for follow up.
Cologuard is a cutting edge method of in-home colorectal cancer screening. Cologuard is a stool DNA screen which tests for non-visible blood in the stool AND it is the only test that uses stool DNA technology to detect the shedding of cells that may indicate cancer or precancer. The screening tool is sent directly to your home after your doctor places the order. The completed test is sent back to the Exact Sciences lab to complete the screen and the doctor is notified of the results. Exact Sciences: Cologuard
Do not let Fear nor Misconceptions stop you from receiving the proper early detection procedures that can save your life.
Time for a colonoscopy?
Download your complete guide to colonoscopy prep! Don’t fear the bowel prep! We have effective tips to help you clean out your colon. Painless and simple.
The PREP: No fear! Sarah, a 30-something colorectal cancer survivor, and Kristi, a endoscopy nurse of 30 years, are here with steps for an easy prep.
1. Follow ALL the instructions from the doctor – without proper prep, the doctor can miss smaller polyps.
2. Buy flushable wet wipes due to dry toilet paper feeling harsh on an irritated bum.
3. Keep Vaseline or Coconut Oil close by to coat an irritated tush.
4. Do NOT drink too much liquid too quickly. With no food, a full belly of liquid can cause nausea. Pace yourself.
5. Avoid drinking or eating red colored juices or jello.
6. Do NOT lay flat on your back. At bedtime, try to sleep on your right side to alleviate nausea.
7. Talk to your doctor about your normal bed time routine. If you tend to jump into bed early, you may want to start your prep in the earlier afternoon. If you are a night owl, the prep may begin later. Speak with your doctor about when to begin the bowel prep.
8. The day prior to your colonoscopy, plan a busy morning as you drink clear fluids throughout the morning and early afternoon. The fluid and busyness will keep hunger away.
9. While drinking your medication to begin the cleanse, if you dislike the taste, drink through a straw.
10. Stay close to a bathroom once you have begun your prep. There is NO pain as your bowels become loose. Just want to be near a restroom.
11 Secure a ride to the procedure and the transportation provider must remain on the premises during the procedure.
12. After procedure, you may experience some gas. Lie on your left side for gas to be expelled. Eat a non-greasy, non-fried, non-spicy first meal. Remember, you are clean so there is limited good-guy bacteria in your gut to help breakdown food. Be kind to your stomach for the first two meals.
13. Good idea to take a probiotic after your procedure. Probiotics contain billions of strains of the good-guy bacteria we need to breakdown, absorb, and eliminate the food we eat each day. Antibiotics, processed foods, chronic stress, and toxins hinder the gut’s ability to thrive and protect our body. Join the Healing Bellies community Facebook page to receive the latest information about how to keep the gut and the immune system working at its peak!
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