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90% of polyps

of polyps can be found by a colonoscopy

Gold Standard

Colonoscopy is widely considered to be the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening.


Other tests can be used to check for colon cancer, but they aren’t as effective as a colonoscopy at finding polyps, and may also need to be done more often.

When should I get a Colonoscopy?

In most cases, you only need to get a colonoscopy once every 10 years, starting at age 45, unless you have a family history of colon cancer, changes in bowel habits or other factors or conditions that would increase your risk of colon cancer.

HealthCare provider

Your healthcare provider will let you know how often you should get one.

Colon cancer is the

Common Cancer

in the United States.

Importance of Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is important for your health because it prevents and detects colon cancer and other gastrointestinal (GI) issues.

The good news is, if colon cancer is found early and treated,

Survival Rate

The American Cancer Society recommends regular colon cancer screenings for everyone aged 45-75 years.

Talk to your healthcare provider about having a colonoscopy if you’re 45 years of age or older, or have any of the following:

Family Icon

A family history of colon cancer

Bowel Habits

Change in bowel habits


Blood in your stool


Pain in your stomach area (abdomen)


Lynch Syndrome


Any chronic digestive condition such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis)


Unexplained weight loss

What should I expect?

Before your Colonoscopy

  • Having a clean colon is critical to a successful colonoscopy. This will allow your healthcare provider to have the best view and remove any polyps that may be found. Without a clear view, these abnormalities can be missed and could lead to colon cancer over time.
  • You will need to complete a bowel prep. A bowel prep is a medicine that you drink to help clean out your colon.
  • Be sure to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for how to take the prep.

During your Colonoscopy

  • You’ll be given a mild sedative before the start of the procedure. This will make sure you stay asleep for the duration of the procedure and will not feel any discomfort.
  • A small, flexible tube with a camera will be used to look for polyps (small growths) and anything abnormal inside your rectum or colon.
  • If something is found, it can be removed and tested to make sure it isn’t harmful.

After your Colonoscopy

  • Be sure to arrange for a ride home because you may feel sleepy from the sedative.
  • You may also experience some gas and bloating, it tends to pass in a few hours and is normal.

Learn about a low volume prescription bowel prep that may be right for you!