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Oak Lawn Gastroenterologists Urge Patients to Get Screened

Southwest Gastroenterology encourages patients to make time to visit their office for a colonoscopy.

OAK LAWN, Ill., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The latest statistics show that over 130,000 patients are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. It is a condition that can be most efficiently resolved when it's caught early, which is why Dr. Jeffrey Port strongly suggests that patients come in to get screened with a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy can identify colorectal cancer and other potential issues related to the colon, rectum and lower intestines. Patients over the age of 50 are strongly encouraged to visit Oak Lawn gastroenterologist Dr. Port to get a colonoscopy and checkup at their earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. C. Berkelhammer, Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. Kamran Ayub, Dr. Zahid Afzal, Dr. Lola Kwan and Dr. Mihir Majmundar use a special tool called a colonoscope to explore the lower intestines and ensure that it's healthy and normal. The colonoscope is a long tube that is attached to a tiny camera that takes pictures or live video of what things look like in the colon.

Besides screening for cancer, this test can also help Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. C. Berkelhammer, Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. Kamran Ayub, Dr. Zahid Afzal, Dr. Lola Kwan and Dr. Mihir Majmundar diagnose other problems, like polyps, ulcers, benign tumors, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and obstructions that might be causing constipation. It can also identify the cause of bleeding or blood in the stool.

A colonoscopy isn't just for people 50 and over – people who experience certain symptoms related to going to the bathroom should get this test as soon as they surface. Those symptoms include:

- A major change in bowel movements (the consistency and regularly of eliminating)
- Bad gas, cramps and pain that's difficult to manage
- Blood in the stool or bleeding from the rectum in general
- Sudden and unexpected weight loss
- Fatigue

"A colonoscopy is our best tool for identifying and properly treating potential issues in the colon. Having one can give you the peace of mind about the function and condition of your colon and digestive system," Dr. Port explains.

A good cleansing is necessary before having a colonoscopy so that Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. C. Berkelhammer, Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. Kamran Ayub, Dr. Zahid Afzal, Dr. Lola Kwan and Dr. Mihir Majmundar can view the colon clearly. That may involve an enema and a special liquid diet to induce a thorough bowel movement. The patient must refrain from eating solid foods before the appointment and follow a few additional instructions to ensure an accurate test.

To schedule a colonoscopy, Oak Lawn residents are encouraged to call Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. C. Berkelhammer, Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. Kamran Ayub, Dr. Zahid Afzal, Dr. Lola Kwan and Dr. Mihir Majmundar of Southwest Gastroenterology. Appointments can be scheduled at http://www.southwestgastro.net or by calling the office directly at (708) 499-5678 to speak with a friendly receptionist.

About Southwest Gastroenterology
Southwest Gastroenterology serves Oak Lawn, New Lenox and Joliet areas. Comprised of 7 gastroenterologists serving Oak Lawn, IL, New Lenox, IL and Joliet, IL—Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. C. Berkelhammer, Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. Kamran Ayub, Dr. Zahid Afzal, Dr. Lola Kwan and Dr. Mihir Majmundar—Southwest Gastroenterology provides patients with the best in quality digestive care available. Patients are encouraged to visit Southwest Gastroenterology for all of their digestive problems and treatments. From abdominal pain to endoscopy, Southwest Gastroenterology helps patients improve their digestive health.

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9921 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 499-5678
(708) 499-5685 fax
http://www.southwestgastro.net

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