Around one in ten Australian men and one in thirteen Australian women will suffer a bowel cancer by the time they reach the age of eighty five. The most effective way of decreasing this risk is through screening.
The 2017 U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommended "Patients who value the highest level of sensitivity in detection of precancerous lesions and are willing to undergo invasive screening should consider choosing colonoscopy". Port Macquarie Gastroenterology is proud to offer very high quality colonoscopy as an option for bowel cancer screening.
If caught early, up to 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. The risk of bowel cancer increases with age and if you’re over 50 your risk increases significantly.
Of course all medical procedures carry inherent risk. These risks, along with the benefits and limitations of procedures need to be discussed with both the referring doctor and Dr Kostalas. Information contained on this website is NOT a subsitute for a medical consultation.