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ColonoscopyColonoscopy Colon cancer can be completely prevented through colonoscopy.

  • The current recommendations are for all patients to have screening colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter. Some physicians, however, recommend more frequent screening at 5-year intervals. Also, those at increased risk for colon cancer may be advised to undergo colonoscopy at an earlier age with more frequent follow-ups. Check with your primary care provider to find out what is best for you. Illustration courtesy of the National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institute of Health/Terese Winslow, artist
References
  • Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health
    Use the Search feature in the upper left of the home page.
  • WebMD.com 
    Use this site's "Search" box in the upper middle of the page. This is an excellent and comprehensive website for laboratory tests and procedures.

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