Colonoscopies for Early Detection
Colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer or bowel cancer) is the abnormal development of cells in the colon or rectum. Colon cancer occurs in men and women at any age, but 90% of new cases occur in people over 50.
A colonoscopy enables your doctor to view the entire colon and rectum and look for signs of polyps or cancerous growths. A small, flexible tube with a light attached is gently inserted into the rectum. A video camera attached to the top of the scope sends images back to your doctor’s computer. You may be given general anesthesia or a sedative to help keep you comfortable.
Your doctor can discuss these different colon cancer screenings to help you decide which is best for you. A gastroenterologist can also answer detailed questions and perform the exam.
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