When Do I Need To Have A Colonoscopy?

Colorectal cancer is a common and deadly cancer that is responsible for approximately 8-10% of all cancer deaths.

When Do I Need To Have A Colonoscopy

Prevention is key and a minimally invasive test will allow a doctor to see inside the entire colon.

If there are any areas of concern, a biopsy can be performed at that time.A biopsy will reveal a benign polyp from a potentially cancerous one.

Most recommendations suggest a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50.

If there is a family history or other risk factors, your doctor may recommend other screening tests as well as starting the testing at an earlier age.

Often times, the worse aspect of this test is the bowel prep.

The day and night before the procedure, you will be provided with special drink that will help to clean the large bowel of stool in order for the doctor to see your colon better.

Additional Information

For additional information on colonoscopy or colon cancer screening see: www.cdc.gov or the American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org