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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an exam that allows doctors to examine the inside of the large intestine, colon.

During the exam, doctors use a thin, flexible tube that is inserted through the rectum to find abnormal spots, called polyps, and cancer.

The best screening for colorectal cancer

A colonoscopy is considered the best, most thorough screening for colorectal cancer.

Through a colonoscopy, doctors can find colorectal cancer and colon issues earlier and begin treating them sooner when they are easier to treat.

Preparing for your colonoscopy

Before your colonoscopy can happen, you will need to have a clean colon. A clean colon gives you doctor the best view of the intestines during the exam.

Preparation usually takes place 24 hours before your scheduled exam, and it may include:

  • Drinking a clear liquid diet
  • Not eating solid foods
  • Taking a colon cleansing solution or oral laxative

Your doctor will provide you with a preparation plan and instructions telling you what you can and cannot eat. 

It is important that you follow your doctor's instructions closely to ensure the best examination. Failing to do so could result in having to reschedule your appointment.

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Regular colonoscopy screening

It’s recommended that men and women begin receiving regular colonoscopy screenings around age 50, or earlier depending on certain risk factors, including age, gender, family history and ethnicity.

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Prepare for a colonoscopy with this video in our Health Library.
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