Gastroenterologist Gives Patients An In-Depth Look at Colon Cancer Screening
By David Doolittle

Remember how we told you recently that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and therefore a good time to remind your at-risk patients about regular screening?

Doctor_ColonoscopyWell, one Austin gastroenterologist took raising awareness one step further by allowing cameras into … the exam room for his very first colonoscopy after his 50th birthday.

Harish Gagneja, MD, a physician at Austin Gastroenterology, produced the video to raise awareness and clear up some of the misconceptions about the prep before the colonoscopy, the procedure itself, and recovery afterward.

“There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the colonoscopy – that you have to take many days off, the day before you are miserable, you cannot do your work, you can’t do anything,” Dr. Gagneja says in the video. “I’ll tell you it’s a very simple straight-forward process. … I want to share that experience with everybody.”

Check out the video below and be sure to share it with your patients. Also talk to your patients who are between 50 and 75 years old about the importance of regular colon screening.

The Department of State Health Services website has even more information about colorectal cancer and ways to increase screening. 

Last Updated On

March 29, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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