Why do I need a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy?
When a disease process is suspected in the stomach, small intestine or colon, it may be necessary to directly visualize and obtain biopsies from the site to determine if an illness is present.
Do I really need a Colonoscopy?
There are many conditions that can only be fully explained fully with a colonoscopy. The doctor will review these situations along with the specific reasons why during the visit.
What are some symptoms that might warrant a visit?
Changes in appetite, difficulty or pain when swallowing, unexplained weight loss, a sensation of being full after small amounts of food is eaten, repeated vomiting, vomiting blood, jaundice (sudden yellowish coloration to whites of the eyes), bleeding from the rectum, sudden change in bowel habit (constipation or diarrhea), painful bowel movement or change in the calibre of bowel movements are among the numerous symptoms that should be investigated.
When should I be screened for cancer?
In general, 50 is considered the appropriate age to begin screening for colon cancer with a colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer, it is important to start having colonoscopies at a younger age. Whether you need to start the screening at 50 r at a younger age is something that has to be reviewed with the physician.