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Colonoscopy Guide: When to Prep & Making It More Bearable

Colorectal cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, however, it doesn’t have to remain this status through proactive measures. Regular screenings for individuals aged 45 or older have the potential to prevent at least one-third of deaths attributed to colon cancer. While most people don’t look forward to their regular colonoscopy, taking steps to understand when to prepare and how to make it more bearable can help alleviate your anxiety.

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Are Colonoscopies Painful?

If you have heard people complaining about colonoscopies and dreading another, it’s not about the procedure itself. Most likely they are complaining about the preparation on the day before the colonoscopy. You must clean out your colon prior to the test, and that can be uncomfortable. Pick up a package of medicated wipes to get you through the day. It’s not as bad as some people make it out to be. Now the big question: are colonoscopies painful?

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Signs You May Need To Schedule A Colonoscopy

Yes, you have heard recently that younger adults are getting colon cancer. The numbers are rising at a rapid rate, like 51% since 1994. You may also know that the American Cancer Society now recommends screenings should start at age 45, even for those with average risk. In addition, not only are more younger people in their thirties and forties being diagnosed, but more are dying. If this is not enough to encourage you to schedule your screening, here are additional signs you may need to schedule a colonoscopy.

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