A colonoscopy screens for abnormalities in the large intestine and rectum. A tiny video camera allows the doctor to view the inside of the colon. The American Cancer Society recommends people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45.
“Colonoscopies are important to screen for precancerous polyps so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer,” said Dr. Riffle. “This test examines the lower bowel. In many cases, abnormal growths or polyps can be identified and removed during the colonoscopy.”
Patients do not need an office visit with Dr. Riffle first before the colonoscopy. Patients can utilize MyChart to send a message to Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff, or call 573-727-5500 to schedule a colonoscopy. Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff is located at 225 Physicians Park Drive in Poplar Bluff.