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Colonoscopy: Five Things to Know About This Lifesaving Test
Does just the thought of a colonoscopy make you shudder? Maybe you need to know a little more about this important test.
First of all, it might help to realize you probably won’t even remember anything about the test or feel any different afterward. That’s because you’ll be given a mild sedative during the procedure.
Two More Benefits
Many screenings spot cancer early, when it’s most treatable. But did you know that colonoscopies have another life-saving benefit?
When to Get It
You May Need a Follow-Up
If your doctor tells you to come back in five years for a follow-up colonoscopy, don’t argue.
People who fail to get their recommended follow-up exams after a colonoscopy have an increased risk for colon cancer, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Colonoscopic Polypectomy and Long-Term Prevention of Colorectal-Cancer Deaths.” A.G. Zauber et al. The New England Journal of Medicine. Vol. 366, no. 8, pp. 687-96, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22356322.
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