The Colonoscopy is the first of the various examples of health screenings that we highlight for our Preventative Medicine Series. We cover the Who, What, Why, and When of the colonoscopy.
What: A 20-30 min exam that includes light sedation (anesthesia). The physician is able to view the bowels using a long flexible fiber optic camera to see inside the colon.
Why: The camera allows the doctor to check inside of the bowel for any abnormalities (i.e., polyps, bleeding, etc).
Who: Individuals 45 years of age or older are encouraged to begin annual colonoscopy screenings. Colonoscopies are also recommended for individuals who have a family history or are at risk for colorectal cancer.
We also learn that colonoscopies are becoming more common among younger Black Americans. Overall, Black people are 20% more likely to develop colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from the disease.
Also, we have our first storytime from a listener, Ms. V, who gives a recount of her 2 experiences getting a colonoscopy.
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