Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/16/2014 -- Each year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, making it the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among men and men. But did you know that if caught early, colon cancer is very treatable? Typically, it is discovered through a colonoscopy, a procedure that allows a trained gastroenterologist to look inside the interior lining of a patients large intestine via a flexible tube that is about four-feet long and a half-inch wide. One such trained GI doctor who specialized in performing colonoscopies is Beverly Hills-based Dr. Peyton P. Berookim of the Southern California Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California.
Dr. Berookim specializes in diseases of the digestive systems and is well versed in today’s latest diagnostic methods, including the colonoscopy. Although the thought of one may be highly unpleasant, a colonoscopy is necessary not just because it detects colon cancer, but because it is can help prevent--and even treat--the disease. The exam can also catch other digestive issues, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
It is generally recommended that all healthy individuals over the age of 50 get a colonoscopy once every 10 years. Those considered to be at a higher risk of developing colon cancer, such as African Americans, should begin regular screenings earlier, at the age of 45. Anyone with a family history of the disease is encouraged to get checked 10 years before their relative was diagnosed.
Dr. Berookim also encourages anyone experiencing symptoms such as rapid or unexplained weight loss, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, and change in bowel symptoms to schedule a consultation.
If you are looking for a caring, compassionate and highly trained GI doctor to perform a colonoscopy, look no further than Dr. Berookim. He will ensure that you the procedure is pain-free and that you are comfortable before, during and after the exam.
For more information on colonoscopies, click here to watch a video, or contact Dr. Berookim at the Southern California Gastroenterology Institute by calling 310-271-1122.
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