Going for your first colonoscopy? This lets a doctor check your colon and rectum for cancer and polyps -- growths that can be early signs of cancer. It saves lives, so if your doctor suggests you get one, be sure you do.
It’s a fairly safe exam. On average, just 2 serious complications occur for every 1,000 procedures performed. But it’s not without risks. Here are four you should talk to your doctor about.
Computer tomographic colonography uses computer images to construct images of the inside of the colon. Further studies are needed to evaluate its effectiveness. It is also referred to as a Virtual Colonoscopy.
Proctoscopy for Rectal Cancer
With a proctoscopy, your doctor can monitor the growth of rectal polyps or check for a return of rectal cancer in people who have already had surgery to treat their cancer.