Author: Rochester Colon & Rectal Surgeons, P.C.

CBS News Reports “More Americans Are Getting Colon Cancer”

The nation’s cancer prevalence is showing concerning patterns, according to the most recent study from the American Cancer Society. More and more young people are receiving cancer diagnoses, including cervical, breast, and colon cancer. The rise in colorectal cancer diagnoses, which is currently the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women under 50 and the top cause of cancer deaths in men, is especially concerning.

Medical experts caution that although there has been a general decline in cancer-related deaths, the trend may be reversed due to an increase in the diagnosis of some dangerous cancer forms. Certain cancers are on the rise, including colorectal, uterine, renal, gastric, and pancreatic; they are impacted by lifestyle factors like obesity, tobacco use, and food.

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More colon cancer diagnoses at a younger age



Colonoscopy Prep Instructions

You will need to purchase these items below-these are all over the counter and you can find listed options of alternatives on the back of this sheet.

Miralax bottle (238 grams or 8.3 ounces)
(4) Dulcolax or bisacodyl tablets (5 milligram tablets)
(2) 32 oz. bottles of re-hydration (sports) drink except no red drinks (See back of this sheet for list of brands to choose from)

DAY ONE = one day prior to colonoscopy appointment

7:00 am

Begin clear liquid diet (list on back). Absolutely NO solid food or alcohol

10:00 am

Take 2 dulcolax tablets with water

3:00 pm

Take remaining 2 dulcolax tablets with water (do not crush or chew and do not take within 1 hour of taking an antacid

4:00 pm

Mix the bowel prep powder with both bottles of sports re-hydration drink. Before mixing, pour bowel prep powder in an empty pitcher or container and add rehydration drink. Chill if desired.

5:00 pm

Start to drink the Miralax. Drink (1) 8oz. glass every 15 minutes over a two hour period. Drink each glass quickly rather than drinking small amounts continuously. Continue to drink clear liquids the remainder of the evening.

DAY TWO = day of colonoscopy exam

  1. Starting two hours before your colonoscopy exam, stop ALL fluids. Take nothing (No Food or Drink) by mouth.
  2. For use of your medications, refer to orange medication instruction sheet enclosed.
  3. Call (585-461-2498) if you have any questions regarding any of these instructions.
  4. Arrive at your assigned time.

**We encourage clear liquid intake up to 2 hours before your procedure time**

CLEAR LIQUIDS (NO ALCOHOL): *Do not drink any liquid that is RED*

  • Water
  • Clear juices (apple, white grape juice, orange drink, white cranberry juice)
  • Black coffee or tea (no creamers) sugar OK
  • Bouillon or clear broth
  • Soda pop (Sprite, Ginger-ale, Mountain Dew), Gatorade (no red)
  • Jell-o (no red), popsicles (no red), Lemon Ice

BOWEL PREP TABLETS: (any of these brands)


  • These are the PILLS to take at the start of your bowel prep
  • Bisacodyl (Generic)
  • Dulcolax
  • Dulcogen
  • Alophen
  • Bisco-lax
  • Carters Little Pills
  • Colax
  • Fleet Bisacodyl
  • Modane


This is the liquid used to mix with the powder (below)

  • Powerade (contains less sugar than Gatorade)
  • Powerade zero (even less sugar, best for diabetics)
  • G2 (same amount of electrolytes as Gatorade, just less calories)
  • W-sport drink (Wegmans brand)
  • AllSport
  • HydraLife powder
  • Gatorade


This is the powder to mix with the liquid (above)

  • Glycolax
  • PureLax
  • ClearLax
  • Miralax

Please Note:

  • Please wear socks as it sometimes can get cool in the procedure room.
  • No nail polish on fingers only (you do not need to remove acrylic nails). The nail polish may interfere with the oxygen sensor that is placed on your finger.
  • Diabetics may use Powerade Zero as it contains less sugar than regular Powerade.

What Are The Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

If you must have surgery, would you prefer one with more damage to your body or less? How about a surgery with more pain or less, a longer hospital stay or a shorter one, and a surgery with the possibility of multiple complications or one which delivers fewer complications? We think we know the answer. Fortunately, there are more and more surgical procedures available that offer a minimally invasive alternative. What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

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Colon Polyp Size, Shape, And Growth Pattern Affects Cancer Risk

Those who regularly have a colonoscopy are familiar with the term polyp. They understand that they are small growths on the inside of the colon or rectum. They have several shapes and can be numerous, but having a polyp does not mean you have cancer. However, colon polyp size, shape, and growth pattern affects cancer risk.

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Care for Your Colon by Eating More of These Foods

The CDC indicates us that colon cancer is the third most common cancer that affects both men and women. Sadly, colorectal cancer is also rising among young people.

Now more than ever, it’s important to make sure that you are proactively taking the steps to be sure your colon is healthy early in life!

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Colon Cancer Screenings: 45 Is The New 50

Several well-known medical entities have updated their colon cancer screening recommendations from age 50 to 45 for those with average risk. Recently, both the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) have made these changes due to the increasing numbers of young adults being diagnosed with colon cancer. These routine screenings can catch colon cancer sooner making it easier to treat and increasing the survival rates, so now, for colon cancer screenings: 45 is the new 50. Continue reading “Colon Cancer Screenings: 45 Is The New 50”

Colorectal Cancer Fast Facts

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the highly-trained specialists at Rochester Colon-rectal Surgeons, P.C. have compiled this list of colorectal cancer fast facts to help educate patients on the importance of regular screenings. If you have more questions or would like to schedule a screening, contact our colorectal surgery center in Rochester, NY at (585) 222-6566 today! Continue reading “Colorectal Cancer Fast Facts”