Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/25/2014 -- Colon cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed cancers among men and women. More than 60,000 Americans die each year, making it deadlier than breast or prostate cancers. Even those with no risk factors have a 1 in 17 chance of developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. That is why getting a colonoscopy -- the screening procedure that detects colon cancer -- is so critical. Yet, despite the fact the procedure can be life saving, many people avoid the exam altogether out of apprehension and fear. Some are scared of the procedure itself, while others worry about the exam results. That’s why it is so important to have a trusted and caring doctor – such as Peyton Berookim, MD, a double-board certified GI doctor whose practice is based in Beverly Hills – at a patient’s side.
The idea of a colonoscopy undoubtedly does sound scary and unpleasant. The procedure involves being under anesthesia while a device called a colonoscope – a flexible tube that is approximately four-feet long and a half-inch wide -- is inserted into the rectum. The test allows a GI doctor – such as Dr. Berookim – to find tumors and polyps that can develop, or have developed, into colon cancer and remove them. Dr. Berookim deeply cares about the well-being of his patients, and he makes it a priority to ensure that his patients experience minimal pain and discomfort before, during and after the procedure. With Dr. Berookim, patients will feel like they are good in hands. Not only does he specialize in diseases that affect the digestive track, he is all well versed in the latest diagnostic method, including the revolutionary third eye colonoscopy.
Dr. Berookim recommends patients over the age of 50 get a colonoscopy ever 10 years, with the exception of those considered at a higher risk of developing the disease who should be going in to get regular screenings beginning at the age of 45.
So while the thought of a colonoscopy may send shivers through your body, a qualified, considerate and caring doctor can make getting the necessary, potentially life-saving procedure less scary. To learn more about colon cancer, colon cancer prevention and colonoscopies -- or to schedule an appointment an appointment with Beverly Hills-based Dr. Berookim – call 310-271-1122.
150 N Robertson Blvd, Suite 204
Beverly Hills, CA 90211