A colonoscopy is the only screening tool we have that can actually prevent cancer, by removing a polyp before it changes to cancer. Getting a colonoscopy can save your life. A colonoscopy is used to:
- Evaluate the colon and rectum and perform biopsies if needed
- Evaluate patients with unexplained rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Evaluate the colon for inflammatory bowel disease (colitis)
- Identify and remove colon polyps
- Follow up for patients with a past history of colon polyps or colon cancer
Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis, with minimal inconvenience and discomfort. A colonoscopy is a very common procedure, and the doctors at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital have safely performed thousands.
For More Information
If you are interested in learning more about colonoscopy or other screening options, please visit the Gastroenterology section of our Web site.
If you need a doctor referral, call 1-800-511-8639 or search our Find a Doctor online tool to find a doctor near you. We also have information to help you prepare for an exam or procedure in the patient education section of our web site.