6 Things You Should Not Assume Regarding Colonoscopy Procedures

Having routine colonoscopies done is an important thing you can do to protect your health. Don't make inaccurate assumptions about colonoscopies that could compromise your health. 

Read more below about six things you should not assume regarding the colonoscopy procedure. 

Colonoscopies are always very painful.

Although a colonoscopy procedure may involve some discomfort, your doctor can offer numerous options that can keep you as comfortable as possible during your colonoscopy appointment.

For example, you can opt to have anesthesia administered during the procedure if you are concerned about discomfort. You can also choose to take sedatives to stay comfortable during your colonoscopy. 

You only need to have a colonoscopy done if you're exhibiting symptoms.

The colonoscopy procedure is recommended for patients at a certain age as a preventive measure regardless of whether those patients are exhibiting symptoms.

Most patients who have colon cancer do not show any symptoms in the early stages. Detecting colon cancer and beginning treatment before symptoms show up is essential. That's why it's so important for patients to undergo routine colonoscopies. 

You can wait to have a colonoscopy done.

It's important to schedule a colonoscopy when you're due for one according to your physician. Don't let yourself get into the bad habit of procrastinating about scheduling colonoscopies.

Make your colonoscopy appointment promptly so that you can get this important procedure done and take the recommended preventive health care measures that protect you from cancer. 

Women don't have to worry about colonoscopies.

Colon cancer is often more associated with men than women. However, it's important to realize that women can get colon cancer. Women need to understand the importance of colonoscopy screenings and avoid assuming that they are not at risk because they are female. 

You can't afford to have a colonoscopy done.

You might make the assumption that you can't afford a colonoscopy if you do not have health insurance or if your health insurance coverage is not good.

You may be surprised at how affordable it is to pay for a colonoscopy out of pocket. You also should note that even poor health insurance coverage should include coverage for preventive care such as colonoscopies. 

Colonoscopies only detect colon cancer but can't prevent it.

The primary purpose of a colonoscopy is to detect cancer early on when the prognosis is good. However, colonoscopies can also completely prevent cancer from developing when they detect precancerous polyps. These precancerous polyps can be removed before they become cancerous and pose a serious health threat.