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Why Do I Need a Colonoscopy?

Let’s admit it, who really wants to have a colonoscopy?  I’m not in line to volunteer yet.  But I will when I turn 50.  It can save your life.

Colonoscopy is when a small camera is inserted through the rectum and it is snaked around your entire colon to look for polyps or cancerous lesions.  It is recommended for both men and women starting at age 50 for colon cancer screening.  If you have a family history of colon cancer (first degree relative), you may need to get it earlier.

The prep is probably the worst.  You have to drink a bowel prep of your doctor’s choice until you run clean.  The procedure itself is not terrible since most people are sedated.

So don’t put it off too long.  Talk to your doctor about screening colonoscopies.  I will be getting one when I turn 50.


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