Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. But it is 100 percent preventable if caught early. That’s why screening is so important, and why everyone should get a colonoscopy once they reach the age of 50.
A colonoscopy is a test that allows doctors to look inside the interior lining of your rectum and colon, or your large intestine. They use a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope. The images are displayed on a screen, which enables them to locate ulcers, polyps, or the source of bleeding, inflammation, or any other abnormality inside your colon. The colonoscope can also be used to retrieve samples of polyps or other abnormalities for a biopsy to determine if they are cancerous.