When Is the Ideal Time to Schedule Your Colonoscopy?
An upcoming colonoscopy ranks up there with having a root canal as far “things we want to have.” It’s the truth, and we all know it. So, is the ideal time for a colonoscopy when you turn 40? Is there a certain time of day that is best? Actually, there is.
The Earlier, the Better
To be clear, a colonoscopy is a valuable screening tool used to detect signs of colon cancer. While many do not enjoy the process of preparing for a colonoscopy, you should at least remain confident that the results will be accurate.
Just like getting your colonoscopy done earlier in life is beneficial, having it done earlier in the day may also be beneficial as well. Studies have indicated that colonoscopies done during the morning hours have actually contributed to more accurate findings due to a number of varying factors. Although it might not be a thrill to wake up earlier than usual, it could just help your overall health.
Of course, a colonoscopy at any time of the day is better than none at all. But, if given a choice, it may be in your best interest to choose a morning appointment as opposed to one in the afternoon!
At What Age and How Often
Since colon cancer is the most common cancer that affects both men and women, and is also the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, knowing when and how often you should be screened is vital.
It is also important to know whether you fall into the category of being at an average risk, or above-average risk for colon cancer.
The following persons would be of average risk:
- Have no personal history of colorectal cancer
- Have no family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Have no personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s disease
- Have no personal history of radiation to the abdomen or pelvic area for cancer treatment
For those of average risk, 45 is the recommended age to start receiving regular colon cancer screenings. It is now possible to opt for a sensitivity test to check the stool, or a visual colonoscopy. If you remain in good health, you should be screened until age 75. Any abnormal results obtained from a screening test will necessitate a colonoscopy.
Talk to Digestive Health Services if you have an above-average risk for colon cancer to determine the best time to schedule your colonoscopy.