Module 1. Understanding and Preparing for Colonoscopy

Why is a colonoscopy important?

Expert gastroenterologists Drs. Andres Gelrud and Juan Echavarria explain the important role that colonoscopy plays in significantly decreasing the incidence of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is a preventative measure for finding and removing polyps that over time can potentially become cancer. A colonoscopy can also find cancer early, when treatment is most effective and your doctor has a better chance of curing the disease. Precancerous polyps and early colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. This means that someone could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not even know it. That is why having a colonoscopy is so important.
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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?
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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?