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Colon cancer screening can save lives and a colonoscopy is the most effective screening tool for colon cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends people age 50 and older have a colonoscopy every five years, but, people with an increased risk of developing colon cancer may need to be screened before age 50 and/or be screened more often.

During a colonoscopy, the doctor uses a special scope to check for colon cancer or precancerous growths called polyps. Polyps are removed before they become cancerous.

What you should know about a colonoscopy

  • During a colonoscopy the doctor looks at the entire length of the colon and rectum with a colonoscope, a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a small video camera on the end.
  • A colonoscopy is performed under mild sedation and may be done in a hospital outpatient department, a clinic or a doctor’s office.

Why choose Geisinger for your colonoscopy?

  • We use the most advanced screening technology and procedures, including:
    • High-definition video for a more accurate screening
    • Fast-acting, fast-recovery anesthesia
    • The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) to reduce bloating and discomfort

Treats these conditions

Colon cancer can be more effectively treated if caught early. At Geisinger we offer advanced screening procedures such as colonoscopy for:

  • Colon cancer
  • Colon polyps

Specialties and institutes

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