A 77-year-old male asked:
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if a sigmoidoscopy scope shown no polyps or cancer in the area tested, does that mean there's no cancer throughout all of the colon?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
No,: It does not
Answered on Oct 14, 2016
Dr. Craig MacArthur
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: A sigmoidoscopy allows viewing of the rectum, sigmoid colon and occasionally the last part of the descending colon. This is about 25% of the colon and leaves 75% of colon unexamined and at theoretical risk for cancer
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Paul Velt
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41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Not really: Sigmoidoscopy looks at the sigmoid colon. However there is still that possibility that there may be something in the say cecum for which colonoscopy is a good way to check out that region
Answered on Aug 9, 2014

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