What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a medical exam performed under sedation that allows your doctor to see inside your large intestine. This procedure is completed using a flexible camera called a scope.
Peace of mind is just a screening away.
A colonoscopy helps find polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous. It can also identify colon and rectal cancers early, when the odds of successful treatment are highest. Colon and rectal cancer rates have increased in young and middle-aged adults.* If you’re 45 or older, ask your doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy.
Why get screened for colon cancer?
Screening may find diseases at an early stage, when a doctor has a better chance of treating or preventing the disease. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends screening for colon cancer:
- At age 40 for any person with a first degree relative with colon cancer.
- At age 45 for African Americans because they have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- At age 45 for people who are not at increased risk of the disease.
Colonoscopy Prep Instructions
According to the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, it is important that your colon is thoroughly cleaned before your colonoscopy. This way your doctor can examine your colon for abnormalities like polyps, without interference. The process of cleansing your colon before a colonoscopy is called "prep". This process begins approximately one week before your colonoscopy with the discontinuing of specific medications and ramps up in the days leading up to your procedure.
Follow the link below to download the colonoscopy prep instructions specific to Watertown Regional Medical Center before your procedure.
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