A colonoscopy is a screening procedure during which a doctor uses a long, flexible camera to examine the lining of the colon in search of abnormalities, such as polyps. During a colonoscopy, abnormal tissue can be removed and tested for cancer.
If you're 45 or older, or if you have a family history, this screening test for colon cancer could save your life. Patients who have symptoms (bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, change in bowel habits) may need a diagnostic colonoscopy and should discuss with their physician.
Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the U.S. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer.
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