Colonoscopy is the preferred method for colon cancer screening because colon cancer can be both detected and removed during the same procedure. Other types of screening can detect the presence of cancer cells, but a positive test result means a follow-up colonoscopy will be needed.
A quality colonoscopy is the only screening that can both detect and prevent colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, your doctor can find and remove polyps (adenomas) before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
Those at average risk for colon cancer will likely only need a colonoscopy once every 10 years. Therefore, it is important to research the skill of the gastroenterologist. Consider these three factors when looking for a specialist to perform your colonoscopy, and don’t hesitate to ask them for this information:
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It is estimated that between 60 and 90 percent of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if everyone age 45 and older had colonoscopy screenings. If you are currently scheduled for a colonoscopy, be sure to read and follow your colonoscopy prep instructions. If you have not yet scheduled a colonoscopy, take a few moments to view some FAQs and find a center near you.