Reasons For A Colonoscopy

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There are many different reasons that a person may want to get a colonoscopy. Stomach and intestinal problems can be some of the most painful or silent problems. This article will outline three different hints that you should get a colonoscopy. First, what is a colonoscopy? The procedure is nothing to be afraid of because you will be sedated during the procedure, and will not feel anything. The worse part of getting a colonoscopy is the cleanse that takes place before the procedure. After cleaning your system, the doctor will be able to diagnose any problems that you may be having with your digestion system. So, here are three different reasons to get a colonoscopy. 

Bloody Stool

Looking into the toilet bowl to see a great deal of blood is never a good thing. Bloody stool can be symptoms of many different problems. It is very important to take note of what the blood looks like. Different colors of blood will tell the doctor different things about the problem. If the blood is dark in color, it is likely to be from deeper within the digestive tract. If the blood is more bright in color it could be from a more surgical problem. Either way seeing blood in your stool calls for a doctor appointment.

Bowel Habits Drastically Change

Most people have a fairly regular bowel movement. If there is ever a drastic change in your bowel habits, it may be time to get a colonoscopy. Long lasting constipation can be cause from a variety of different problems. One of the major problems could be a kinked intestine, which needs to be addressed immediately. Another problem that calls for a colonoscopy is a sudden onset of diarrhea. Now, many people with get diarrhea once in awhile, but if the diarrhea lasts for a prolonged amount of time it is time to get a colonoscopy. 

Getting Older

Over time the colon can develop polyps that can eventually turn cancerous. For this purpose it is a good idea to get a colonoscopy. This is especially true if you have a family history of cancer. If you have a relative that was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 55, you should start getting a colonoscopy at the age of 45. Once you have your initial screening, you should get a colonoscopy at least every 10 years. This will ensure that you do not have a polyp form into a tumor. 

For more information, contact an organization like Pilipshen Colon and Rectal Surgical Services.


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