also called Upper Endoscopy, EsophagoGastroDuodenoscopy (EGD)
Due to the unexplained rise in colorectal cancer in younger individuals over the past two decades, screening colonoscopy is now recommended for all individuals beginning at age 45. For average-risk individuals, it doesn't need to be repeated for 10 years. Higher-risk individuals due to prior polyps or family history should be screened more often. See how one doctor's life was saved by colonoscopy.
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Colonoscopy Prep Instructions
Undoubtedly, the worst part of having a colonoscopy is the preparation, or "prep." However, a successful and accurate colonoscopy requires an excellent prep the day before. There are several options now available, and your doctor can help you decide which may be best for you.