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Colonoscopy performed by a skillfully trained specialist
(Gastroenterologist) is the safest and most uncomplicated test.
Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer.
Colonoscopy is the most accurate way to examine the entire colon.
Almost all polyps found during a colonoscopy can be removed at
Removing polyps prevents colon cancer!!!
55,000 Americans die every year from
Family history of colon cancer or polyps
- Malignant polyps
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease)
85% of colon cancer victims are symptom free
Ill-defined abdominal pain
Weight loss Blood in stool
Altered bowel habits
Decreased stool caliber
Bright red blood per rectum
Diagnosis = Colonoscopy
Polyps Management = Polypectomy
(polyps removed during colonoscopy)
Cancer Management = Surgery with or without
Fecal occult blood test Every year
Flexible sigmoidoscopy Every 5 years
Both of the above Every 1 to 5 years
Barium enema Every 5 years
Colonoscopy Every 10 years