Regular screenings and checkups in New York City can save your life. Many life-threatening killers are silent for years, biding their time until they strike, and by then, it’s too late. Other fatal illnesses show symptoms that are so common they tend to get overlooked.

Our doctors recommend annual screenings to ensure your continued well-being, especially as you reach your senior years. At Manhattan Gastroenterology, the primary concern is your digestive system, which plays a significant role in your overall health.

Cancer Screenings in Manhattan

For example, a colonoscopy is one of the primary tools used by our doctors to fight colon cancer. If you have a family history of colon cancer, your risks increase exponentially. Start a regular screening schedule. Depending on your personal history, you should discuss it with your gastroenterologist or physician to develop the ideal screening schedule.

Checking for Complications

Constipation is a common ailment among the elderly that can lead to a host of complications. An annual screening that includes a detailed history of your regularity ensures you don’t fall victim to the various problems associated with uncomfortable and dangerous conditions.

A low-fiber diet, lack of exercise, diabetes, and certain medications can cause what many accept as a common sign of aging. But left untreated, constipation can lead to hemorrhoids, fecal impaction, and rectal prolapse, a condition that causes part of your rectum to push through your anus. Your gastroenterologist should diagnose any and all symptoms for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Digestive Health in New York City

For example, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, as many as one in 22 people live with celiac disease. This condition leads to a host of complications ranging from anemia to vomiting. It’s a disease that our doctors can test for and help you adjust to, but only if you give us a chance to rule out other causes of your symptoms. Your gastroenterologist should diagnose any and all symptoms for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Regular physical exams — including blood tests and other diagnostic procedures when appropriate — allow you to adjust when necessary to avoid the silent killers.

Updated on Aug 27, 2022 by Dr. Shawn Khodadadian (Gastroenterologist) of Manhattan Gastroenterology