Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Laxative-Free 'Virtual Colonoscopy'

For many people, preparing for a colonoscopy is sometimes more daunting than the procedure itself.

You typically stop eating solid food for at least a day, and then drink what seems like gallons of liquid to clean out your bowel. You need to stay close to a bathroom, because you will be going and going and going.

Dread of the prep might be one reason why, according to government estimates, about 4 out of 10 Americans ages 50-75 don't meet recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. One common screening option is a colonoscopy every 10 years for those at average risk for colorectal cancer.

Source: WebMD

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