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.
This educational activity has been developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc. This activity is endorsed by the Colon Cancer Coalition.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boston Scientific and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.