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5 Things to Know About Colonoscopy

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Posted 10/13/2014

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Does colonoscopy hurt? How long does it take to drink all the "bowel prep" before the procedure? Is it really that important? Dr. Grant Hutchins answers these and other questions about this very important procedure. "No one is really clamoring for a colonoscopy," said Dr. Hutchins."But it's the most recognized screening methods for colorectal cancer." Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the United States, but it is also one of the most treatable forms of cancer. Regular screening gives doctors the ability to regularly test for pre-cancerous growths. Dr. Hutchins says most low risk patients should begin having regular colonoscopies at age 50. People with higher risks; those with a family history of colon cancer or ethnic minority populations which tend to have higher colon cancer rates should begin at age 40. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-922-0000 or visit