The UT Health Tyler Digestive Disease Center conducts life-saving screenings for colon cancer in a state-of-the-art facility offering endoscopic imaging and ultrasonography. Other diagnostic advances include the MSA disposable pill camera for examining the small intestine and the Bravo system to assist in diagnosing GERD. A range of other digestive disorders are diagnosed and treated here, such as Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
Our mission includes constant attention to prevention as well as treating existing diseases. We’re staffed by a team of professionals including board-certified gastroenterologists, internists and surgeons who bring training and experience to serve your needs. They are supported by nurses nationally certified in gastroenterology, specially trained registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and technicians.
Diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Celiac disease
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
- Other conditions related to the digestive system
With screenings, often physicians may find illnesses or conditions before symptoms become apparent. Early detection is often an important factor in treating or curing a problem.
Talk to your doctor about screenings that are appropriate for your age and gender.
Catching colon cancer early
One important screening procedure the digestive disease center is a screening colonoscopy.
Screening is recommended for patients who have:
- Symptoms such as blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Change in bowel habits or lower abdominal cramping
- You have a family history of colon cancer and you are over 40
- You are over age 50 (even without symptoms)
The American College of Gastroenterology has concluded that colonoscopy is the preferred and most reliable test for colorectal cancer screening. A colonoscopy is the best way to detect colorectal cancer, which is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S. Most often found in people age 50 and older, the disease affects men and women equally and usually presents no symptoms in its earliest stages. Colonoscopy screening is crucial because when found early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.
Call us at 903-596-DOCS to schedule your appointment with one of our physicians.