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A 56-year-old female asked:

i went for a checkup , my doc. said to get an colonoscopy , i've had no problems , and wonder if it's really nessasaey, not had any bleeding at all?

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Dr. Jay Singh
Colon and Rectal Surgery 31 years experience
Simply, Yes: Of the variey of cancers out there, colorectal cancer is one of the most common in both men and women and one of the most preventable. Our detection rates for cancers and precencerous polys is higher than that of most other screening tests, not only that, if a precancerous polyp is detected, it could be removed at the time of colonoscopy. It is done with anesthesia, is painless, and life-saving.
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Screening: At your age, a colonoscopy is 50 times more life saving than a mammogram. Colonoscopy can actually prevent more than 80% of cases of colon cancer by removing pre-cancerous polyps before they develop into cancer (usually takes more than 10 years).

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Last updated Dec 30, 2016

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