A colonoscopy is a procedure that is used to screen for colon cancer by looking at the inside of the colon. This requires that the colon be “cleaned out” so that the gastroenterologist performing the procedure can have a clear look to evaluate if any polyps or masses are present.
To prepare for this procedure, your doctor will prescribe a “bowel prep” that you will drink the night before your procedure. This prep is a laxative that will cause you to have multiple loose stools prior to your procedure. It may be one of the most uncomfortable parts of the process, but it’s one of the most important.
A colonoscopy can be a life-saving procedure, as it can detect a colon cancer at an early stage while it is still curable or find polyps that can be removed before they progress to cancer.
This series breaks down why colonoscopies are so important, as unpleasant as they may seem. This screening procedure can lead to early detection, and can actually help doctors stop a cancer from growing before it starts.
Is colon cancer really becoming more prevalent in people under the age of 50? Can you skip screening if you don’t have any symptoms? Dr. Heather Yeo has the answers – and explains some common misconceptions.
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