Colon cancer screening can detect polyps and cancers in the large intestine. There are several types of colon cancer screening tests that may be performed based on a patient’s age, medical history, and present symptoms.
For these colon cancer screening procedures, the colon must be thoroughly clean in order for the exam to be accurate and complete. You will need to stop eating and drinking at a prescribed time before the procedure and use a laxative to flush the colon. For more precise information on how to prepare for your specific colon cancer screening procedure, please closely follow the preparation instructions provided by your doctor.
After the procedure, the physician will talk to you about your exam.
For flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy colon cancer screenings, patients must have a driver who is over the age of 18 to drive them home from their procedure. The driver MUST remain in the building and stay on-site for the entire duration of the procedure.
If your colon cancer screening was a capsule endoscopy, no driver is necessary.