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Colon Cancer Screening

Screening Out Major Health Threats.
This 30 minute screening could save your life

We make appointments to see our doctor for many different reasons. While some of us only go to the doctor when we are experiencing a new problem or have concerns, it’s imperative now more than ever to take a proactive role with your health and schedule routine screenings.

In fact, screening tests can catch serious diseases in very early stages, before they do major damage to your health.

One screening that many people delay or fail to schedule is a colonoscopy. This procedure is recommended starting at the age of 50, and maybe sooner if you’re at high risk.


Jeffrey Witt Strain, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Jeffrey Strain is trained and board-certified in the areas of bariatric surgery, general surgery, and endocrine surgery with over a decade of experience in complex laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.

Before joining Oswego Health, Strain practiced in New Jersey where he trained and adopted robotic surgery to further enhance his procedures at both Englewood Health and Bergen Bariatric Laparoscopic Associates.

Dr. Strain earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH in 1992 and his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and Biology from the University of Rochester in NY in 1987. Also, Strain completed an extensive post-graduate training program which consisted of a Laparoscopic Surgery Fellow – Colorectal Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2001; a Registrar – Cardiothoracic Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia in 2000; Senior Registrar – General Surgery at Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Australia in 2000; Endocrine Surgery Fellow at Mount Hospital in Perth, Australia in 1998; Chief Resident – General Surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1997; Resident – General Surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1996.

Recognized by New Jersey Magazine as a “Top Doc”, in addition to performing surgery for the past twenty years, Strain holds an active professorship at the Third Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, Hunan Province, China; International Examiner for the Graduate School of Central South University; Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has completed fellowships for the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; earned Bariatric Center of Excellence through Surgical Review Corporation; and ASMBS Center of Excellence through American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Lastly, Strain holds active membership in the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, Society of Gastroenterological Surgeons, and American Medical Association.

Duane Tull, MD

Dr. Tull has nearly 20 years of surgery experience and will be performing a range of services, including appendix, hernia, colon resections, and gall bladder surgeries, among others. Dr. Tull most recently served as chief of surgery at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tull earned his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency at the Christiana Care Health System. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. The system is continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. In addition to providing surgical care, he served as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Ajoy Roy, MD

Dr. Ajoy Roy has been practicing gastroenterology care for the more than 30 years in Oswego County. He earned his Medical Degree from Patna Medical Unviersity in India. He completed his fellowship at Yall University Medical School and is Board Certified.

Why is this screening so important?

With colorectal cancer being the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women, a colonoscopy is the only screening that can help prevent colon cancer. In fact, early detection and proper removal of colon polyps before they have the chance to turn into cancer leads to a 90% survival rate.

Symptoms of colon cancer:

Symptoms of colon cancer often are not noticed until the disease is significantly advanced. Symptoms may include a change in bowel habits (often constipation), blood in your stool, a feeling that your bowel isn't emptying, and persistent cramps or gas, weight loss, pencil-thin stools, weakness, and/or fatigue.

What to expect?

Once scheduled, there is preparation required the evening before the procedure. The day of the procedure it will take about a half hour to get you prepared, a half hour for the procedure and a half hour to an hour for recovery. When you go home following the colonoscopy you should plan to rest but should be back to normal activities the very next day.

Next steps:

Talk to your primary care provider about scheduling a screening appointment.

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