A screening colonoscopy is one of the best tools gastroenterologists have to detect colon cancer in its earliest stages when it is highly treatable and survivable. People ages 45 and up should have colonoscopies as their physician recommends, depending on their individual health risk. Here’s more on this important test and how to prepare for it.
Colon Cancer Screening Tests
Colonoscopy is a procedure that involves introducing a thin, flexible, lighted instrument into the rectum to examine the large intestine (colon) for abnormalities. It is the gold standard for the detection of the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States—colon cancer. Nonetheless, even with the life-saving benefits of a colonoscopy, many people