Colonoscopy is a diagnostic, preventive test in which your GI doctor uses a thin, flexible tube (colonoscope) to closely examine the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). During the test, your GI doctor checks for ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. Depending on what the GI doctor finds, they may take a small tissue sample (biopsy) for closer analysis in the laboratory, or remove abnormal growths.
Your GI doctor may recommend that you undergo your first routine colonoscopy at age 50, but it may be sooner depending on your risk factors. How frequently you will need a preventive colonoscopy also depends on your history, family history, and other risk factors. Speak with your GI doctor about when and how often you’ll need to undergo a colonoscopy.
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