Here at Gastrointestinal Specialists, we like to acknowledge when our staff goes above and beyond to make a difference in patients’ lives and in our community. On Saturday, June 13th, our very own Dr. Talreja and Dr. Thanjan participated in providing a day of free colonoscopies to the uninsured in the Richmond community. In just 8 hours, they were able to see a total of 21 patients, 45% of which had polyps that needed to be removed.
This great event was made possible by HCB2 and their collaboration with Access Now. Access Now helps provide the 22 free medical clinics in the Richmond area with the services and resources they need to help save lives.
Is It Time For Your Colonoscopy Screening Test?
If you’ve never had a colonoscopy and you’re over the age of 50, have a family history of colon cancer, or if you’re considered to have a high risk of colon cancer, our doctors recommend you come in for a screening as soon as possible. Or, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, we highly recommend you come visit us for a colonoscopy as soon as you can.
Symptoms of colon cancer commonly include:
- Blood in your stool
- Frequent and unexplained pain, cramps, and aches in your stomach
- A change in your bowel habits
- Constipation or diarrhea that’s unrelated to your recent meals
- Unexplained weight loss
These symptoms can be caused by something other than colon cancer, but the only way to definitively know is by seeing a doctor. Make your appointment today!