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Over 50? Family History? Get Screened!

The physicians at Consultants in Gastroenterology and the South Carolina Endoscopy Centers perform more colonoscopies than anyone else in the area. It is the first and only gastroenterology practice in the state to be recognized by a major insurance company for demonstrating outstanding quality in performing colonoscopies.

Know the Facts About Colon Cancer:

  • Second leading cause of cancer death
  • Does not discriminate against gender or race
  • Age is the most important risk factor
  • Family history or other illnesses increase risk
  • Cancer usually begins as a small growth (polyp)
  • Early colon cancer may cause no symptoms
  • Colonoscopy is the best test
  • Removing colon polyps PREVENTS colon cancer
  • Gastroenterologists are colonoscopy experts

What you need to do:

  • If 50 or older, ask your doctor about screening
  • Tell the doctor about any digestive symptoms (ex: unexplained change in bowel behavior, weight loss, abdominal pain, blood in stool)
  • Know your family history - screening may need to start earlier
  • Before a colonoscopy, have a good prep - the best prep allows the best examination
  • Experience matters - If you’re planning to have a colonoscopy, make sure your physician performs colonoscopies every day

SC Gastro Consultants in Gastroenterology

Welcome to Consultants in Gastroenterology & the South Carolina Endoscopy Centers! With our team of highly skilled, experienced and caring physicians, nurse practitioners and clinical personnel, we are focused on providing you with the best care available in the Midlands.

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the digestive system: esophagus, stomach, intestines, gall bladder, pancreas and liver. Our service includes patient education, information and emotional support to alleviate anxiety and optimize comfort in all we do.

Why Get Screened

The American Cancer Society recommends that all Americans age 45 and over be screened for colon cancer even if they feel fine. People with a history of colon cancer or colonic polyps in their family may need to be screened at a younger age. In addition, anyone having symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or weight loss may need to be checked before age 50.

Studies have shown that up to 90% of all cases of colon cancer could be prevented by proper screening. Most colon cancers develop from benign non-cancerous growths called polyps. By undergoing a test called colonoscopy, polyps can be removed before they develop into a cancer. In this manner, colon cancer can be prevented. Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure. Moderate sedation is given during the procedure so there is minimal or no discomfort.

Meet Our Nurse Practitioners

Amanda Charlton APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Directed by Dr. Vasudeva

Mallory Anderson APRN
Hospital-Based Nurse Practitioner
Directed by All Physicians

131 Summerplace Dr. West Columbia, S.C. 29169 / 803.794.4585 (p)
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