Colonoscopy: Looking Out for a Healthy Tomorrow
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Colon and rectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., 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 and 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. 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 the 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.
And for more information, visit our website at NIDDK or MyMajicDC.com . This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more “Healthy Moments.”
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