Why should one have a colonscopy?

Please explain the pros and cons of colonscopy.

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Anyone who needs colon cancer screening, usually starting at age 50, needs a screening test. Colonoscopy is the best test to detect colon cancer and the best test to prevent it

A colonoscopy is performed for colorectal cancer screening starting at the age of 50. It is a routine preventative test for the identification and removal of polyps, some of which may become cancerous if not removed. Colorectal cancer occurs in 5-6% of the population and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

A colonoscopy is a colon cancer screening and prevention test. 90% of colon cancer comes from polyps. A colonoscopy can allow the detection and removal of pre-cancerous lesions (polyps) and allow removal. A single colonoscopy can decrease the risk of colorectal cancer by 70%.

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