What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a life-saving procedure for the prevention and detection of colon cancer. It is also an important test for patients with diarrhea, bleeding in their stool and various conditions of the large intestine. To visualize the colon thoroughly, it requires bowel cleansing regardless of your diet, stool habits or frequency.
Who needs a colonoscopy?
For the screening of colon cancer, an individual should have a colonoscopy starting at age 50. However, certain individuals who have family history of colon cancer or other conditions may require colonoscopy at an earlier age. Talk to your gastroenterologist about your need and timing to have a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy may also be performed in persons with various ailments or symptoms in their lower gut. Remember, colonoscopy is a routine test that can be performed safely and comfortably even at an outpatient center, like the San Antonio Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center.