Colonoscopy is a very frequent procedure in the gastroenterology clinic used to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). We uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).
Uses of colonoscopy -
A colonoscopy is recommended in the following cases to find the cause of unexplained symptoms such as -
Colonoscopy is also a great screening tool for colon polyps and cancer when particular risk factors are available. Screening mean searching for diseases before it becoms apparent or symptomatic to give better chance of fully cure the disease.
Screening for Colon and Rectal Cancer
Screening for colon and rectal cancer is recommended in our center at age 50 if you don’t have health problems or other factors that make you more likely to develop colon cancer
Risk factors for colorectal cancer include