Colonoscopy:

Screen. Detect. Prevent.

If you’re over 50, it’s time for you to take control of your health. Schedule your screening colonoscopy at our Madison office today to detect or even prevent colon cancer.

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Colon Cancer is the 2nd Deadliest Cancer in Mississippi

With proper screening, it’s estimated that 60% of those deaths could have been avoided. And yet, 40% of eligible adults in Mississippi have not gotten their screening colonoscopy. That’s the 5th worst screening rate in the U.S. Do you really want to be a part of that sad statistic?

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Your Screening Colonoscopy 
Costs You $0

Most insurance companies cover the costs of routine, preventive colonoscopies, so there should be no out-of-pocket cost for you. So the question is, can you afford not to get a colonoscopy?

Colon cancer has a 90% survival rate when it's caught early

Colon Cancer is one of the Most Preventable and Survivable Cancers

A colonoscopy can detect and remove polyps, to help prevent cancer from forming in the first place. If colon cancer is detected early enough, it has a 90% survival rate. So why wait to get screened?

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Don't let Colon Cancer Cut Your Life Short

In this season of life, there is so much to treasure: Enjoying your retirement. Holding your first grandchild. Walking your daughter down the aisle. Seeing your son graduate. Are you sure you want to risk not being around for these moments?

A colonoscopy can save your life

7 Myths About Colonoscopy

It’s not as bad as you think! Don’t let these myths about colonoscopies get in the way of your pursuit of a healthy, cancer-free life.
Know Your Colonoscopy Facts
  • Myth #1: I’m not at risk for colon cancer.

    Fact: Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer among men and women, but if you catch it early, colon cancer is highly treatable and survivable. If you’re 50-75 years old, you need to get screened.

  • Myth #2: I don’t need to be screened until I’m having symptoms.

    Fact: In most cases, colon cancer starts as polyps that don’t present any symptoms. If you detect and remove those polyps through routine screening, you can stop colon cancer before it starts.

  • Myth #3: Colonoscopies are too expensive.

    Fact: The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance cover 100% of the cost of your screening colonoscopy. And polyps can often be removed during this procedure without incurring additional costs.

  • Myth #4: Colonoscopies are painful.

    Fact: The procedure is relatively quick and painless. Colonoscopies last 30 to 60 minutes and are performed under sedation. Recovery is quick and most patients don’t even remember their procedure.

  • Myth #5: Colonoscopies are dangerous.

    Fact: Serious complications only arise in about 1 in 500 colonoscopies. If you compare that with the odds of actually getting colon cancer (1 in 20), it’s clear which is the higher risk to your safety.

  • Myth #6: The prep is terrible.

    Fact: It’s no pina colada, but prep options have improved a lot, including our new, non-oral prep option, HyGIeaCare. At the end of the day, any prep is a small price to pay to find and prevent colon cancer.

  • Myth #7: Other methods of screening are just as effective.

    Fact: Colonoscopy has the highest cancer detection rate (95%) and the highest rate of finding and removing polyps. Other methods rarely detect polyps, so they can’t stop cancer from forming in the first place.

Myth #1: I’m not at risk for colon cancer.

Fact: Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer among men and women, but if you catch it early, colon cancer is highly treatable and survivable. If you’re 50-75 years old, you need to get screened.

Myth #3: Colonoscopies are too expensive.

Fact: The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance cover 100% of the cost of your screening colonoscopy. And polyps can often be removed during this procedure without incurring additional costs.

Myth #5: Colonoscopies are dangerous.

Fact: Serious complications only arise in about 1 in 500 colonoscopies. If you compare that with the odds of actually getting colon cancer (1 in 20), it’s clear which is the higher risk to your safety.

Know Your Colonoscopy Facts
Myth #7: Other methods of screening are just as effective.

Fact: Colonoscopy has the highest cancer detection rate (95%) and the highest rate of finding and removing polyps. Other methods rarely detect polyps, so they can’t stop cancer from forming in the first place.

Myth #2: I don’t need to be screened until I’m having symptoms.

Fact: In most cases, colon cancer starts as polyps that don’t present any symptoms. If you detect and remove those polyps through routine screening, you can stop colon cancer before it starts.

Myth #4: Colonoscopies are painful.

Fact: The procedure is relatively quick and painless. Colonoscopies last 30 to 60 minutes and are performed under sedation. Recovery is quick and most patients don’t even remember their procedure.

Myth #6: The prep is terrible.

Fact: It’s no pina colada, but prep options have improved a lot, including our new, non-oral prep option, HyGIeaCare. At the end of the day, any prep is a small price to pay to find and prevent colon cancer.

Stories From Our Patients

Our main concern is your health, comfort, and well-being. Hear from our satisfied patients and see why GI Associates in Madison is the best, most convenient place for your colonoscopy.

GI Associates very professional and made me feel very comfortable with my procedure. They are friendly all the way until you are in the car headed home. I recommend them when it’s your time to have your colonoscopy done. Don’t hesitate, it might save your life.

Patient

This was the best experience I’ve had of the several colonoscopies in the past. Friendly, kind staff and loved not waiting and waiting for my procedure. So pleased with this experience.

Patient

GI Associates does an excellent job giving one a colonoscopy. They are organized, efficient, and most of all friendly. What a pleasant experience for such an unpleasant procedure.

Patient

About GI Associates

GI Associates is the largest gastroenterology group in Mississippi and throughout the southeast, with 350 employees. These physicians have a long-standing history of dealing with digestive disease management, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and preventative health care management. The Gastrointestinal Associates Endoscopy Center provides patients a state of the art facility with the latest technology combined with the highest level of service. When you have your first GI appointment with one of our doctors, you will notice that the quality of care is coupled with a warm, friendly environment.

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