5 Common Misconceptions About Colonoscopies

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A colonoscopy is a routine procedure that checks for colon cancer. If your doctor has advised for you to undergo this procedure, it is important to schedule your appointment soon. Do not put off a colonoscopy because you may have heard certain untruths about it. 

Here are the most common misconceptions about colonoscopies that you should not believe.

A Colonoscopy Hurts Too Much

This is one of the most common reasons why some people shy away from colonoscopies. After all, no one likes to be in pain. However, you will be relieved to find out that most people feel minimal discomfort during a colonoscopy. Your doctor will give you medication to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure.

If I Do Not Have Symptoms, a Colonoscopy Is not Necessary

Just because you are not experiencing symptoms right now, does not mean that you do not need to schedule a colonoscopy. Colon polyps usually do not present symptoms in the early stages. If abnormal polyps show up during a colonoscopy, your doctor can remove them before they develop into cancer. 

Only Men Can Get Colon Cancer

It is still frequently assumed that colon cancer just affects men. However, women can also develop colon cancer. That is why both men and women should schedule colonoscopies on a regular basis.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy Is Too Difficult

While you do have to prepare for your colonoscopy the day before the procedure, it does not have to be awful. Your doctor will ask you to stop eating solid foods and stick to liquids, such as water, broth, and sports drinks. You will also have to drink an electrolyte solution to clear your bowels before the procedure. If you can't drink the solution all at once, you can drink half of it the night before the procedure and the other half a couple of hours before your colonoscopy. 

Colonoscopies Are Costly

Some people are reluctant to get colonoscopies because they assume they can't afford them. However, if you have Medicare or private health insurance, the procedure may likely be completely covered. Before you schedule a colonoscopy, call your insurance company to make sure that they cover the procedure.

Now you can see that there are a lot of myths about colonoscopies. If it is time to for you to undergo a colonoscopy, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.  

For more information about colonoscopy procedures, contact a local doctor.