What You Need to Know Before a Colonoscopy

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If your doctor has recommended a colonoscopy, you might have a few questions before proceeding. For example, are you worried about the procedure being uncomfortable or painful? Are there any dangers associated with a colonoscopy? The procedure is useful and effective for detecting colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in America. It can also help diagnose a host of other issues related to your colon. Here's what you need to know before a colonoscopy and how to prepare for it.