Virginia Beach Cancer Screening, Screening Colonoscopy, Endoscopy & Gastroenterology Consultations
The Center for Health and Cancer Prevention is a gastroenterology practice serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth, and is exclusively focused on:
1) Colon Cancer screenings
2) Diagnostic Gastroenterology tests : upper endoscopies, colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopy
3) gastroenterology consultations
All cancer screenings and evaluations are performed at our Virginia Beach office by Dr. Keith Berger, M.D., who is Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Berger’s training includes Harvard College, Duke University Medical Center, and Yale University.
Dr. Berger has safely performed over 60,000 colonoscopies.
Dr. Berger sees self or physician referred patients.
Reasons to see Dr. Berger
1. A screening colonoscopy is recommended if you are over 50. Colonoscopies are also advised if you have factors that put you at higher risk for cancer (e.g. family member(s) with colon polyps or colon cancer, smoking, or history of breast cancer).
2. A Colonoscopy would evaluate your colon (large bowel) if you have symptoms like blood in your stool, changes in bowel habits, unexplained abdominal pain, or anemia (low blood count).
3. You experience unexplained weight loss which could be an early sign of colon cancer.
4. You are having frequent heartburn (acid reflux), or difficulty swallowing, or another ‘upper’ abdominal symptom which requires upper endoscopy (a brief procedure to examine your esophagus, stomach and small bowel)
All of our procedures and consultations are performed in our office on 1st Colonial Road near Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Our office is American Association of Ambulatory Healthcare Centers (AAAHC) certified and passes the same safety and quality measures as hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
Patients undergoing colonoscopy or another procedure receive anesthesia from our experienced Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s). Most Gastroenterologist offices in the Hampton Roads area do not use anesthesia, but instead use conscious sedation, where you are given sedatives and you are partially awake for the procedure.
Anesthesia provides complete sleep and comfort for the entire colonoscopy procedure, with virtually no side effects. Dr. Berger pioneered the use of anesthesia for gastroenterology procedures in the Tidewater area because he is committed to the utmost in patient comfort and safety.