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Colonoscopy is the colon cancer screening method preferred by the American College of Gastroenterology, and it is the only test that allows both diagnosis and treatment simultaneously. A colonoscopy can detect cancer but can also identify polyps (precancerous growths) before they can become cancer.

Many people put off getting a colonoscopy because of the embarrassment, fear, modesty, and expense. A colonoscopy is a fast, painless, straightforward procedure, and most people are surprised by how comfortable they feel. Colonoscopies often save lives by identifying and eliminating polyps before they can become cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends colon cancer screening begin at age 45 if there is a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or 10 years prior to the age of the family member diagnosed with a colon polyp or colon cancer.

This simple screening allows your physician to look inside the colon for polyps, cancers, inflammation, causes of abdominal pain, and bleeding. Colonoscopies performed at our Elms Endoscopy Center will be done with the assistance of an anesthesiologist to ensure you are comfortable and asleep during the procedure.

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