The Truth About the Safety of Colonoscopies
A very important way of diagnosing colon cancer early is by having a colonoscopy. While the rates of adults receiving this simple procedure vary in the U.S., some people get worried about the side effects of a colonoscopy. But worry not, as a colonoscopy is very important and highly unlikely to cause any health issues.
You don’t just get colon cancer suddenly. Polyps that aren’t yet cancerous gradually develop over a long period of time. It is these polyps that a colonoscopy can identify—and often, the doctor can remove them at that very moment.
A new study from Germany has found that only 20% of patients make use of the colonoscopy screening program. Here in the U.S., the percentage of adults 50 to 75 years old who are up-to-date with colonoscopies ranges from 51% to 75%.