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We know what’s going through your mind. Your doctor wants you to get a colonoscopy and you know you have put it off long enough. Screening for colon cancer is something we all need to do at some point, so we can stay healthy and detect colon cancer early.
There is less to dread about a colonoscopy than you think. There are steps you can take to make your procedure more comfortable.
One of the hardest parts is getting over your fear and scheduling your actual appointment.
Not sure where to start? Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Make sure you are prepared — grab an iPad, a good book or magazine and ride out the prep in the bathroom.
After the procedure ends, your doctor will go over the results with you. If no polyps were found, you’ll likely be off the hook for a colonoscopy for another 10 years, depending on your family history.
Though the prep isn’t pleasant, it doesn’t last long. Don’t let your fear or the stories you’ve heard delay you from detecting pre-cancerous changes in the colon early, when it is most treatable.
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