Colon Cancer Screening Specialist

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP -  - Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located in Kinston, NC

If you’re over 50, your risk for colon cancer increases. At the office of experienced gastroenterologist, Joseph Saracino, MD, in Kinston, North Carolina, you can receive annual colon cancer screenings to identify early warning signs of cancer. Dr. Saracino offers on-site colonoscopy procedures to detect precancerous polyps and to ensure you receive the treatment you need for existing cancer. To book your colon cancer screening, use the online booking feature or call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, today.

Colon Cancer Screening Q & A

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer, sometimes called colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that develops in your large intestine (colon) at the end of your digestive tract.

The cancer begins as small clumps of tissue known as polyps on the inside of your colon. While not all polyps become cancerous, some can. This is especially true if you have a family history of colon cancer or if you have a personal history of other types of cancer.

Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, colon cancer can progress and spread outside your gastrointestinal tract to other areas of your body. 

Radiation treatment for colon cancer, prostate cancer, and other pelvic cancers can also cause additional health complications, including radiation proctitis. This condition describes painful inflammation in the lining of your rectum. Dr. Saracino uses BARRX™ Halo Ablation, a specialized technique that uses precisely controlled heat to destroy damaged tissue without harming nearby healthy tissue.

Why do I need a colon cancer screening?

Because polyps are an early warning sign of colon cancer, it’s important that you have routine colon cancer screenings to identify polyps in the lining of your colon.

In the early stages of this type of cancer, you may not experience any symptoms other than the painless growth of polyps. For this reason, Dr. Saracino uses a colonoscopy as a diagnostic tool for colon cancer screenings.

You should receive routine colon cancer screenings if you’re over 50, have a history of colorectal cancer or other cancers, or have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. 

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Done right in his endoscopy facility for your convenience, a colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure Dr. Saracino offers to identify and remove polyps in your colon.

You can expect to receive a sedative to keep you relaxed and calm during your procedure. Dr. Saracino inserts a thin, flexible tube into your anus and up through your colon. This tube has an attached camera that sends real-time images of your rectum and colon to an external monitor.

Dr. Saracino watches the monitor carefully throughout the procedure to locate polyps in the lining of your colon. If he finds any polyps, he inserts specialized surgical tools through the tube to remove them.

If he takes any polyps or other tissue out during your colonoscopy, Dr. Saracino sends it to a medical lab for a biopsy to determine if you have colorectal cancer. If your biopsy results are positive for cancer, he works with you on a treatment plan to manage it and prevent the cancer from spreading to other areas of your body.

If you’re 50 or older and haven’t had a routine colon cancer screening, call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, or request an appointment online today.