Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a colonoscopist to see the inside lining of the rectum and colon using a special instrument called a colonoscope.
Colonoscopy is recommended
every 5 years for people with at least 1 of the following:
- 1 first degree relative (mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son) with colon cancer diagnosed under the age of 60; or,
- 2 or more first degree relatives with colon cancer diagnosed at any age; or,
- A personal history of adenomas. Adenomas are a type of non-cancerous tumours.
You may also be referred for colonoscopy if you have had an abnormal fecal immunochemical test
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