By virtue of being a medical situation which is often shrouded in the veil of privacy, there is an array of myths surrounding lower gastrointestinal endoscopy.
It actually is quite a simple procedure that doesn’t even always necessitate hospitalization whereby an endoscope (a elastic fiberoptic tube with a miniature TV camera fitted at the end) is inserted into the anal opening. This camera is linked to either an eyepiece for or a video screen
Lower GI Endoscopy is painful
Most certainly not. Many people report some discomfort like cramps, muscle spasms, or lower abdominal pain during the process
Post surgery, I don’t need to pop stool softening pills
False. Stool softeners enhance bowel movement and put off constipation
Colon cancer only affects men
Nothing could be further from the truth. Colon cancer is gender – and race – agnostic
Regular bowels mean I’m fine
No reliable symptoms are manifest easily and when they show up, the cancer could be at an advanced stage
I can’t get colon cancer, it just isn’t there in the family
No, in fact, God forbid, you could be the first in the family
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Certain lifestyle choices like high fat diets, smoking and alcoholism increase your chances of colon cancer While healthy lifestyles do matter, there is no substitute to annual tests. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy proposes having the maiden colonoscopy screening at 50 and repeating it every decade thereafter. In the unlikely event that there’s a family history, you might do well to start screening pre 50 too
Colonoscopy also serves to spot and remove benign polyps or colonal growth prior to the onset of cancer People with gastrointestinal illnesses, like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease are more prone to colon cancer.
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