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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Arora, MD

Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

Colon cancer is a serious disease that affects the large intestine. It is important to catch it early so that it can be treated and hopefully cured. One of the best ways to find colon cancer early is by getting a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy is a test where a doctor uses a long, thin tube with a camera on the end to look inside the colon. The tube is inserted through the rectum and up into the colon. The doctor can see if there are any abnormal growths or polyps in the colon that could become cancerous.

One of the best things about a colonoscopy is that it can not only find colon cancer, but it can also prevent it. If the doctor finds a polyp during the test, they can remove it right then and there. This means that if the polyp was going to turn into cancer, it will now be gone and cannot harm the person.

Another great thing about a colonoscopy is that it is not a painful test. The person getting the test will be given medicine to help them relax and not feel any pain.

It's also worth mentioning that colonoscopy is a safe test. Some people may have some side effects, like mild cramping or bloating, but these usually go away quickly. Serious complications are rare.

In summary, a colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer screening because it can not only find cancer early, but it can also prevent it by removing any polyps found during the test. It is also a safe and relatively comfortable procedure. It is important to get a colonoscopy as recommended by your doctor, usually starting at age 45 or earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer.

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