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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Find out how a sigmoidoscopy is used to look for early signs of colon cancer and learn what happens during the procedure.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

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Sigmoidoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Sigmoidoscopy (SIG-moy-DAH-skuh-pee) enables the physician to look at the inside of the large intestine from the rectum through the last part of the colon, called the sigmoid colon. Physicians may use this procedure to find the cause of diarrhea, abdominal pain, or constipation. They also use sigmoidoscopy to look for early signs of colorectal cancer in the colon and rectum. With sigmoidoscopy, the physician can see bleeding, inflammation, abnormal growths, and ulcers. For the procedure, you will...

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Barium Enema Screening for Colon Cancer

A barium enema is often used along with a sigmoidoscopy to screen for colon cancer. Learn about the procedure and what to expect during and after the test.

Barium Enema Screening for Colon Cancer

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.

Proctoscopy for Rectal Cancer

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on February 20, 2010
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