Module 1. Understanding and Preparing for Colonoscopy

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A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that lets your doctor look inside your colon and rectum for problems such as ulcers, inflammation, bleeding, polyps and tumors. Depending on your age and your circumstances, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to examine your colon health, as well as to screen for colon cancer and remove polyps. Watch this animation to also learn about the anatomy and function of your colon, and the importance of properly preparing your colon for a colonoscopy.
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Animation - What is a colonoscopy and how do I prepare?
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What is a colonoscopy?
3. What is a colonoscopy?
Why is a colonoscopy important?
4. Why is a colonoscopy important?
Is a colonoscopy safe?
5. Is a colonoscopy safe?
What does the colon do?
6. What does the colon do?
Who needs a colonoscopy?
7. Who needs a colonoscopy?
What can I eat or drink before a colonoscopy?
8. What can I eat or drink before a colonoscopy?
What does bowel prep involve?
9. What does bowel prep involve?
What are bowel prep meds?
10. What are bowel prep meds?
Why is bowel prep important?
11. Why is bowel prep important?
What should I tell my doctor about before my colonoscopy?
12. What should I tell my doctor about before my colonoscopy?
What about my current medications?
13. What about my current medications?