If you’ve turned fifty, have inflammatory bowel disease or have a close relative with colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend you undergo a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer. Get more information before you’re tested—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you ask your doctor these questions:
- Who will perform the colonoscopy?
- What’s involved in the exam and how do I prepare?
- How long does the test take? Will it be uncomfortable or painful?
- Are any risks involved?
- Can I drive after the test? Return to work?
- When will I get the results?
- What happens if you find something? Will I need additional tests?
- When will I need to be retested?