If you are between 45 and 70 years old, you have probably heard your doctor suggest that you should have a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is an internal examination of the colon, to check whether you have conditions that might lead to colorectal cancer. For many people, this sounds like a nightmare. They are afraid that the process is going to be painful and embarrassing, or it could lead complications. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. A Colonoscopy is a good thing, and an important test to keep you healthy. Below are some of the common questions and concerns about a colonoscopy to get you ready for your first screening without as much to worry about.
Understanding why you need a colonoscopy is important for you to feel comfortable with the procedure. As the word states, colonoscopy is a "scope of the colon." It involves screening the colon for colon cancer and other conditions or diseases that affect the colon. They are important because early detection of colorectal cancer ensures that the treatment is done in time to allow a patient to have a normal lifespan.
There is a need for regular screening of the colon to ensure that any problem is detected early enough for ease of treatment. Therefore, it is not and should not be a one-time procedure. It should be done as regular as your doctor recommends.
Generally, if you are over 50 years old, you should consider having your first colonoscopy to determine the health status of your colon. If there is a history of colorectal cancer in your immediate family, a colonoscopy is extremely essential and you may be screened before 50 years old.
If you have problems such as chronic constipation, bleeding, diarrhea, and passing out mucus and other tissue in your stool, a colonoscopy may be imperative to screen the colon for diseases such as Crohn's, diverticular disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
After the age of 75, most people are advised not to have a colonoscopy.
Some people think that the process is going to be painful. However, the truth is that you won't even know how it feels to have the colonoscope moving inside your bowel. You will be given a IV sedative to help you relax so the procedure is generally painless. Some discomfort may exist in the form of cramping in your lower stomach.
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.