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A 30-year-old member asked:

I am terrified of having a colonoscopy, but i have many uncomfortable abdominal symptoms and am 60. any choice?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Sure: No one can force you to get a colonoscopy. But if it's cancer, wouldn't it be better to catch it early when the treatment is relatively easier than if you wait for it to spread?
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Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Work up of abdominal pain depends on your symptoms. A colonoscopy can be an important part of that workup. Other options to evaluate your abdominal pain include a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis. A colonoscopy is safe and well tolerated and you have no reason to be terrified. Discuss with your doctor.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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