Making Decisions About Home Care

Should You Get A Colonoscopy?

by Mae Ferguson

A colonoscopy procedure involves using a scope with a camera to go deep inside your colon to look for signs of colon cancer or other damage. Any polyps that are found in the colon can be removed at that time and then tested for cancer so you can be either given a clean bill of colon health or referred to a gastroenterologist for further testing. Many people get a colonoscopy procedure done once they hit their middle-aged years, and it's wise to get one done every couple of years or as instructed by your doctor.

Should you get a colonoscopy? The answer is yes, as a colonoscopy will help you learn ways you can manage your health. Colon cancer is extremely preventable by having a regular colonoscopy done, and even if you have no history of colon cancer or other issues, you lose nothing in having the colonoscopy procedure done. That being said, should you have a colonoscopy done more frequently, or do you need one urgently? This guide, along with the advice of your general doctor, can be helpful.

You have a history of colon health issues

Whether you have a history of colon health problems in your family or you have had a colon health scare before, it's wise to have a colonoscopy more frequently if there is a familial urgency. You will need to take time off work to have a colonoscopy procedure done or find a sitter for the kids, but in the end, there is little to sacrifice for this peace of mind.

You have had issues with your bowels

Do you have bowel issues? Your bowels are connected to your colon and if you have weak or watery stools, blood in your fecal matter, are often constipated, or feel your bowel urgency has changed dramatically or is accompanied by pain, then you should see your doctor to see if you can be scheduled for a colonoscopy procedure. The procedure can rule out many of your health and digestive issues and help you stay healthy and vital.

Your colon health is as important as any other type of health concern you have. If you take care of your colon, you take care of the rest of your body. Your health insurance will help with the costs of your colonoscopy procedure, or you may qualify for a payment assistance plan. Your doctor will share the results of your colonoscopy with you, especially if there are concerns following the procedure.