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
- Most colon cancer begins as polyp. Detection and
removal of polyps can eliminate the development of
- 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
These are general guidelines. Always check with your PCP/
Family doctor regarding the need for colonoscopy.