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Know before you go: Colorectal cancer screening

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?