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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is the visual exam of the large intestine using a flexible endoscope.

Reasons to have this procedure include:

  • Colon cancer detection

  • Polyp Screening- polyps are extra pieces of tissue that can grow inside of your colon. Most polyps are not dangerous but some may turn into cancer or may already be cancerous. This is why it is important to be screened according to your physician’s recommendations. Anyone can develop polyps but certain factors make you more prone to getting them than others:

  • Being over the age of 50

  • If you have had polyps in the past

  • Have a family member with polyps or history of colon cancer

  • Colitis

  • Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis

  • Bleeding Lesions

  • Abdominal symptoms: Pain, weight loss, anemia etc.

  • Abnormal previous testing

  • Chronic diarrhea