Just the word colonoscopy alone is enough to make some adults uncomfortable, but the truth is it does a lot more good than any possible harm and can help save your life. You’ll also be sedated during the procedure, and may scarcely remember it even happened.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a colonoscopy every 10-years from age-50 as part of measures to screen for potentially fatal diseases. Let’s take a closer look at six reasons you should talk to your doctor about this procedure that lets doctors have a good look inside your rectum and colon…
1. Screening for Colon Cancer
The Mayo Clinic also says if you’re age 50 or older, and “at average risk of colon cancer” (meaning you have no other risk factors other than age), you should be booking a colonoscopy to screen for the deadly disease.
The clinic also said you should repeat this process every 10-years. Colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) can appear as a tumor on the inner wall of the large intestine, and according to MedicineNet.com it’s the 3rd-leading cause of cancer in men and 4th in women in the U.S.