What To Think About
- In general, pregnant women and people who have
an abdominal infection or
an attack of diverticulitis should not have a colonoscopy unless
there is an important reason for it.
- Colonoscopy is a more
expensive procedure than a stool test or other endoscopic colon test (such
as sigmoidoscopy), but it can be done less often over time if
results are normal.
- Experts recommend routine colon cancer testing
for everyone age 50 and older who has a normal risk for colon
- Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you have a higher risk for colon cancer. Talk to your
doctor about when you should be tested.
- Other screening tests for colon cancer include sigmoidoscopy, stool tests, and computed tomographic colonography. Which screening test you choose depends on your risk, your preference, and your doctor. Talk to your doctor about what puts you at risk and what test is best for you.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
December 7, 2011
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