Colonoscopy – It is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Also it’s a medical test that most people dread and joke about. But this test could save your life if you are aged 50 or more.
People may not realize that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers – and that a colonoscopy is a short, mildly uncomfortable test that can save their life.
Colon cancer screening can be lifesaving; don’t let any of these myths stop you from getting screened and taking an active role in your health.
Colonoscopy is unpleasant and uncomfortable.
FACT: For your comfort, you’re sedated during the colonoscopy procedure. The procedure takes hardly 30 minutes and you can continue with your routine from the very next day.
Colonoscopy is very difficult to prepare for.
FACT: Preparing for the procedure required liquid diet for one full day before the procedure. Preparation also involves cleaning the colon with the help of prescription. These special solutions flush the colon so that the doctor will have the best possible view.
Colonoscopy is only a screening technique.
FACT: Colonoscopy is an all-in-one tool. It can find and remove polyps to prevent them from growing into cancer.
Women are less likely to get colon cancer, so they don’t need screenings.
FACT: Men have only a slighter higher risk. Colon cancer can strike any gender or age.
My colon might get perforated during a colonoscopy.
FACT: Colonoscopies are extremely safe. The risk of perforation is less than 1 in 1000.
A colon polyp means cancer.
FACT: Most polyp are harmless and they are removed before they can turn cancerous.
READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR COLONOSCOPY?
You shouldn’t wait for abdominal pain or bleeding to have a colonoscopy. Schedule a colon cancer screening as early as possible once you get to know about the symptoms.