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We get it — just hearing the word “colonoscopy” gives you the jitters. Your tummy may tumble thinking about the procedure, but this life-saving measure is worth any brief discomfort it may bring.
During a colonoscopy, an internal examination of your colon (large intestine) and rectum is done using a colonoscope. The colonoscope has a small camera attached to a flexible tube that examines and takes pictures of the inside of your colon. By examining your colon, your doctor can look for ulcers, polyps, tumors or areas of inflammation. Many times, if tumors are found, they can be removed early before they spread.
When it comes to preventing and detecting colon cancer, no screening option is more effective than a colonoscopy. The advancements in technology have also made this procedure more comfortable. Preparing for a colonoscopy is often the most difficult part.
Here are some tips to ease those colonoscopy jitters:
Next thing you know, you’ve conquered a colonoscopy. Take care of your body and your health — a few uncomfortable hours is worth it to help you continue to live a happy and healthy life.
How did you make your colonoscopy more comfortable? Tell us in the below comments.
Are you at risk for colon cancer? Take the ColonAware Risk Assessment to find out.
Matthew Siegel, M.D. is a medical oncologist with Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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