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Every woman and man age 50 or over should have a colonoscopy, even if they have no family history of colon cancer. Four out of five people with colon cancer have no family history of it.
A colonoscopy is a way for doctors to see the inside of the large intestine and check for cancer. The large intestine is also called the colon. During a colonoscopy, a doctor can also remove small growths called “polyps.” If not removed, these polyps can turn in to colon cancer.
You or your loved ones may have questions about colonoscopies. Click on the links below to find out more.