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Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.

Our Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program provides an alternative way for eligible patients to schedule a screening colonoscopy:

  • Healthy individuals, aged 50 and older, who qualify for the program may schedule a screening colonoscopy procedure on their own - with no need to visit a physician first.

  • The program is ideal for patients with busy lifestyles because it lets you control your scheduling options.

About the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program

Southwest General now offers an Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program, which makes scheduling of screening colonoscopies easier. The program provides the option for eligible patients to skip the pre-colonoscopy doctor’s visit and directly schedule the procedure. To determine eligibility, patients are required to fill out an online application that contains a medical history questionnaire before being scheduled.

Our team will review applications daily and call within two business days to let patients know if they qualify for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program. If you qualify, you will be scheduled with our next available physician for your screening colonoscopy.

Healthy individuals who are aged 50 or older and need a routine screening colonoscopy are excellent candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program. Those who are experiencing digestive health issues will be asked to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist prior to scheduling a colonoscopy and are not candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program.

One important benefit of the program is that it can be ideal for busy lifestyles because you control your scheduling options without having to see a physician first.

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Did You Know?

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

  • Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. Over time, polyps can become cancerous. A colorectal screening finds polyps and allows the physician to remove the growth before it becomes cancerous.

  • Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), screening colonoscopies are covered by private health plans even when a polyp is removed, making the screening free to the patient.


What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

  • Blood in or on stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • General abdominal discomfort
  • Frequent gas or pain
  • Feeling that the bowel is not completely empty
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you experience any of the symptoms above, contact your physician.