Unnecessary fear of examinations contributes to the late diagnosis of the disease!
People are unnecessarily afraid of examinations, due to a simple lack of information, or out-dated knowledge. Get informed!
The whole procedure takes less than 1 day.
The purgative part is like a healthy, short fasting. It starts the afternoon before the treatment.
The next morning, the 20-minute treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure. Polyps can be removed during the procedure. A narcotic sedative is used, so it all happens as though you were asleep.
Afterwards, you are quickly back in shape and the result is immediately communicated by the doctor. After a short rest you can go back home, for lunch, or to work. Only driving should be avoided.
- Preparing for a colonoscopy – Harvard Health Pulbications
Test for blood in the stool
The guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) or the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) detect blood in the stool. These tests would normally only detect a tumor that is bleeding, so three stool samples should be tested and this procedure should be repeated every year. This is not a guarantee, but can significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
If the results are positive for hidden blood, a colonoscopy will be needed to investigate further.
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