Prepping for a Colonoscopy: Why It's a Necessary Evil
THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Let's face it: the very mention of the word "colonoscopy" is enough to make many people shudder, at least a bit. But, colonoscopy is an extremely effective cancer screening tool, and it's the only cancer screening that can actually prevent cancer from developing in the first place because doctors can remove precancerous polyps during the test.
Most people who've had a colonoscopy say the test itself is no big deal. It doesn't take a lot of time, and you're sedated.
What people really don't like, however, is the colon-cleansing preparation that's required before the test. People who've had a colonoscopy often say that the prep is the worst part of the whole procedure.
However, it's a crucial part of the procedure. If the bowel isn't thoroughly cleaned out, doctors might miss a pre-cancerous polyp during the colonoscopy because they simply can't see it. Read entire article...