Even if you don’t have symptoms or family history of colorectal cancer — if you’re age 50 or older, it’s time to schedule a screening.
You may have an increased risk of colorectal cancer if you smoke cigarettes, drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day, or are obese.
Doctors test for blood in a sample of your stool.
Doctors look at a large sample of your stool for any changes in the DNA makeup.
You are sedated for this outpatient procedure in which doctors use a thin, flexible tube to view the rectum for polyps and/or abnormal tissue.
You are sedated for this outpatient procedure, in which doctors use a thin, flexible tube to view the colon for polyps and/or abnormal tissue.
Doctors search for abnormal cells in the colon with X-rays and computer imaging.
It may take time for the pharmacy to get the prep ordered. Make sure to get the prep prescription filled as soon as you can.
Your doctor will provide a prescription for the preparation. Although preparation isn't always the same, you'll likely be taking the medication at regular intervals throughout the day.
Your doctor will provide you with steps to take the day before your colonoscopy. The instructions likely include fasting, drinking a lot of water and beginning to take the prescribed preparation.
* These are general guidelines. Talk to your health care provider and follow their recommendations.