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A 34-year-old female asked:

Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? i'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Safe not needed: Colonoscopy is a safe procedure. Before pregnancy it is a good idea to look into your family history with your doctor. The risks of breast cancer is probably higher but you probably would not ask for mammography. The indication for screening colonoscopy should be reviewed with your doctor. Make sure your thyroid medication is a good dose. Talk about your concerns.
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
1st colonscopy @ 35: With a family history of colon ca, screening begins at @ 35. Hopefully you won't have polyps (like me). As long as you're not pregnant it should be safe. But remembering "those days", i'd do it before not after. The risk is really being too busy and forgetting or not having the time to have the procedure.

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Last updated Jul 5, 2013

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