Understanding Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy allows a gastroenterologist or surgeon to look inside your entire large intestine. The doctor can see inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. It is most often used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum. As well, a colonoscopy can look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits. It can also help evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and weight loss.

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GET A REFERRAL. Typically your primary care provider (PCP) will recommend your screening colonoscopy at age 45 (earlier depending on family history or other health factors). This referral is often needed to get your appointment. If you don't have a PCP, let us help you. Find one of our primary care clinics near you.


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