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Who Should Get a Colonoscopy?

How a colonoscopy from your gastroenterologists in Orlando, and Kissimmee, FL, can protect your health.

Having a colonoscopy is not something most people think about, but you should. That’s because a colonoscopy is an excellent screening test to diagnose colorectal cancer in its early stages, when it is the most treatable.

The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida offer a wide range of GI services, including a colonoscopy to protect your health. They have two convenient office locations in Orlando, and Kissimmee, FL, to help you.

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer-related cause of death in this country? Fortunately, a colonoscopy can help protect you against colorectal cancer.

So, who should get a colonoscopy? You should get a colonoscopy by the time you reach the age of 50, and every few years after that.

You should also get a colonoscopy if you are experiencing:

  • Bleeding in your rectum
  • Blood in your stool
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic constipation
  • Frequent abdominal pain

The 45-minute colonoscopy procedure involves your GI doctor using a colonoscopy, which is a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera attached to one end.

The colonoscope is inserted into your rectum and guided up into your colon. The camera allows your doctor to view your colon and remove any polyps or a tissue sample for a biopsy.

Typically, you will be sedated for the procedure, so you will need to bring someone with you who can drive you home afterward. Plan on spending 2 to 3 hours total time, due to sedation.

Colorectal cancer can kill you, which is why it’s vitally important to catch it early. Getting a colonoscopy can help you live a long life.

To learn more about the benefits of having a colonoscopy, call the GI doctors at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida. You can reach them in the Orlando, FL, or Kissimmee, FL, offices by calling (407) 384-7388, so call now.

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