Colonoscopy


Colon and rectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the US. A routine screening may be just what you need to avoid joining this statistic.

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Colon and rectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the US. And a routine screening may be just what you need to avoid joining this statistic.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases.

A colonoscopy is one way doctors screen for colorectal cancer, and it can also help diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and more. A colonoscopy is a common procedure in which a doctor directly examines the colon and rectum, with the aid of a fiber optic device. The doctor can remove growths during this procedure, and later test these for cancer.

If you're 50 or older, your doctor may recommend that you have a routine colonoscopy, and can advise you on how often to get this procedure. For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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