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Colonoscopy: Still Essential for Early Dectection of Colon Cancer.

We believe everyone should have a colonoscopy as part of a routine medical examination by age 50 or if there is a family history of colon cancer or polyps. The colonoscope permits direct visual examination of the entire colon, at which time any suspicious polyps can be removed before they become cancerous. Nor should the cost (if not covered by insurance) or the possible discomfort deter one from undergoing colonoscopy.

Nor need there be any discomfort during the procedure, thanks to modern drugs. Even without this medication, however, the procedure can be tolerable for many patients--with the added "pleasure," if one so desires, of being able to see the interior of one's entire colon in living color on the video monitor as the tube passes through.
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Author:E.B.
Publication:Medical Update
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Date:Nov 1, 1998
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