What is Colonoscopy ?
Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). A flexible tube called a colonoscope is used to look at the colon
Growths in the intestine (polyps) found during the procedure are removed, possibly preventing cancer from developing. Also, biopsies of abnormal looking areas inside the colon can be taken during the colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are recommended beginning at age 50 as a screening for colorectal cancer.
A colonoscopy may be recommended for abdominal pain, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea and rectal bleeding.
With periodic checkups, Screening is the best way to find colorectal cancer early, because it looks for signs of cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. In many cases, these tests can find colorectal cancers at an early stage and greatly improve treatment outcomes.