Do I need a
colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is indicated for the following reasons:
  • As a screening exam for colon cancer and colon
    polyps for anyone over age 50
  • Family history of colon cancer for anyone > 40 years or
    sooner (if the first degree relative had colon cancer
    diagnosed before the age 50)
  • Previous history of colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Blood in stools or rectal bleeding
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Significant, unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • To follow up an abnormal barium enema
  • Surveillance in people with ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic, unexplained abdominal pain
  • Other indications as advised by your doctor

You can estimate the risk of colon cancer
using this site.
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  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of
    cancer death in the united states and affects both
    sexes equally.
  • Most colon cancer begins as polyp. Detection and
    removal of polyps can eliminate the development of
    colon cancer.
  • Most polyps and early cancer are curable and exhibit
    no warning symptoms.
  • Colonoscopy is a safe and effective method for
    detecting and removing polyps and preventing colon
    cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends a
    screeing colonoscopy after age 50.
  • Mid-Atlantic G.I. Consultants and our expert
    anesthesia team will assure you a safe and
    comfortable procedure.
These are general guidelines. Always check with your PCP/
Family doctor regarding the need for colonoscopy.