Understanding Colonoscopies: What To Know

Colonoscopies are excellent tools that help to save lives. Because there are more screenings now, there have been an estimated decrease in colorectal cancer over the past three decades of 550,000 fewer cases. This is an astonishing number.

Most physicians will recommend that adults begin having screening colonoscopies starting at age 50. Then, they should have them every ten years after that. They should have them more frequently if polyps are discovered. However, some researchers have found that it is possible to have colonoscopies too often, which can expose patients to unnecessary costs and risks.

Given these findings, it should still be noted that 40 percent of Americans over age 50 have never been screened for colon cancer by having a colonoscopy. It is recommended that patients do have them in the appropriate amount of time.

When selecting a physician to perform your colonoscopy, there is a lot to consider. First, you will want to make sure he or she knows what he or she is doing. Has the physician performed colonoscopies before? Has the doctor been recommended by family or friends? These are all excellent things to consider when selecting a doctor to perform this screening.

It’s important to get the proper screenings at the proper times to stay on top of various types of cancer. When cancer is caught early enough, it is much more likely to be beat. If you are over age 50 and you are considering having a colonoscopy, I urge you to contact your physician today.