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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a colonoscopy, what does it test for and why should I get one?

2. Will it hurt?

3. At what age should I get a colonoscopy?

4. I had a screening colonoscopy a year ago, so I’m done right?  I don’t have to get one ever again?

5. There is no history of colon cancer in my family. Do I still need to be screened?

6. I have a family history of colon cancer. Should I get screened before I turn 50?

7. The doctor found a polyp. What does that mean and what happens next?

8. What else does a colonoscopy check for?

9. Everyone complains about how unpleasant it is to prepare for a colonoscopy. What do I have to do and how bad is it?

10. So other than spending a lot of time in the bathroom, what else can happen during preparation?

11. I’m curious. Why can’t I have red juice or jello before the procedure?

12.Seriously, the preparation sounds dreadful. Is there any other way to check for colon cancer?