Thursday, March 12, 2015

Colonoscopy is an important way to check for colon cancer and to treat colon polyps. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the recommended colonoscopy guidelines.

Dr. Hill:

A colonoscopy is a test where a doctor looks inside the colon by putting a long flexible tube with a tiny video camera into the rectum.

During this test, your doctor can remove growths, called polyps, from your colon. Some polyps are not harmful. Other polyps can turn into cancer.

How often you should have a colonoscopy depends on the results of your first test. You should have your next colonoscopy in 10 years if your first test shows:

No polyps and you have no family history of colon cancer, or

Hyperplastic polyps; these polyps are usually small and rarely turn into colon cancer

You should have your next colonoscopy in five to 10 years if your first test shows one or two tubular adenomas smaller than 10 millimeters. Adenomas sometimes turn into colon cancer.

If you have larger polyps, more polyps or polyps with certain cell characteristics, your doctor may recommend another colonoscopy in three to five years again, depending on your other risk factors.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.