Every year, colon and rectal cancer claim the lives of nearly 50,000 people. And they may not even know they had this disease.
That's because colon cancer has few obvious symptoms. But with early care, these cancers are very treatable.
The regular cancer screening test known as a colonoscopy detects cancerous and pre-cancerous growths, allowing their removal. Colonoscopies are recommended at age 50 and regularly after. Most insurance policies cover the cost of screening colonoscopies, too.
The East Carolina Endoscopy Center is a partnership between ECU Physicians and Vidant Medical Center. This advanced medical office brings the best approaches available to find and treat colon and rectal conditions, including colon and rectal cancers. We are dedicated solely to making colon screenings convenient and comfortable.
It's important to note that colon cancer produces few symptoms in the early, treatable stages. Below are symptoms of advanced colon cancer. See your doctor right away if you are experiencing any of them.
- Rectal bleeding or blood in or on the stool
- Change in bowel habits or stools that are narrower than usual
- Stomach discomfort (bloating, fullness or cramps)
- Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Weight loss for no apparent reason
We use special anesthesia for our procedures to reduce your recovery time to minutes instead of hours. Traditional anesthesia may cause drowsiness for the entire day, but our medications leave the body immediately after your procedure.
Our bright office near the hospital has convenient parking in front. For patients with disabilities, wheelchairs are available at the entrance for your use to get to your appointment. Our staff is ready to make your appointment and screening as easy as possible.
People whose families have a history of colon or rectal cancers may need testing earlier than age 50. We also offer endoscopy tests, which examine the upper digestive system (stomach, throat).
Read more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
East Carolina Endoscopy Center
521 Moye Medical Center
521 Moye Boulevard
Greenville NC 27858
We are located across from the Brody School of Medicine. From Greenville, take Fifth Street (N.C. 43 east) to Moye Boulevard. Convenient parking is available in front of the building. Wheelchairs and assistance are available by calling 252-744-1400. We now accept Blue Cross Blue Shield policies.
For more information visit these links:
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
Colon Cancer Alliance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention