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A colonoscopy involves the insertion of a flexible tube (colonoscope) into the rectum, which is last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus. A tiny camera at the end of the scope allows the physician who is administering the procedure to see the inside of your colon.  If any abnormal tissue growths, called polyps, are found during the procedure, they will be promptly removed and sent to the pathology lab for a more detailed look.

You will be sedated during this procedure and should feel no discomfort at all.

A colonoscopy is an excellent- in fact, the best – screening procedure that allows for the detection and, subsequently, prevention of cancer. When it comes to colon cancer, early detection leads to cure.