Excerpts from a chat on colon cancer

Dan (Arlington Heights) – 12:16 PM:
I have a standing order to get a colonoscopy so I understand why a screening is important and necessary. My concern is the actual procedure. I’m a bit hesitant because of the invasiveness of the procedure. What advice or guidance can you offer to help mitigate my apprehension?

Dr. Manoj Mehta
The best advice I can give is to talk to someone who has had it. Almost everyone will tell you the preparation is the hard part, but the test itself is relatively easy. You will be sedated and examined through the bottom. I realize conceptually this can invoke a great deal of anxiety. But, honestly, 99% of the time the expression afterwards is that of disbelief over how easy it was!

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