Sigmoidoscopy (Flexible Sigmoidoscopy)
A sigmoidoscopy ("flexible sigmoidoscopy") is a diagnostic test used to look for polyps and other changes in the intestine and to help detect colorectal cancer.
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- The procedure
- Advantages and disadvantages of a Sigmoidoscopy
- How to prepare for a Sigmoidoscopy
- What to expect during and after a Sigmoidoscopy
Sigmoidoscopies are usually recommended every 5 years.
- It is advisable to keep to the suggested schedule. If colorectal cancer occurs, the earlier it is detected, the more likely a person will survive.
- To help you remember the schedule, ask the person close to you who is good at such things to help you keep track. (You can also set an alert in your computer).
NOTE: For information about other diagnostic techniques used to detect colorectal cancer, click here.