Understanding Colonoscopies

Colonoscopies are a critical tool in the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This procedure allows healthcare professionals to examine the inner lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum, using a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope. If you’re approaching the age of 45 or have risk factors for colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy not just for screening but as a preventative measure to remove polyps before they turn into cancer.

The Colonoscopy Process: What to Expect

A colonoscopy typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes but requires preparation that starts the day before. This involves following a special diet and taking a bowel prep solution to clear the colon, ensuring a clear view for the physician. While the prep might seem daunting, advancements in the formulation have made it more palatable and easier to complete.

On the day of the procedure, you’ll be sedated for comfort, meaning you’ll need someone to drive you home. The doctor will insert the colonoscope into your rectum, inflating the colon slightly with air to improve visibility. If any polyps are found, they can usually be removed during the procedure, and any suspicious areas may be biopsied.

After the Procedure

Post-procedure, you might feel a bit groggy from the sedation and may experience mild cramping or bloating, but these symptoms typically subside quickly. Most people are able to return to their normal diet and activities the next day. Results from any biopsies or polyp removals are usually available within a few weeks.

The Importance of Your Participation in Biospecimen Research

Here’s where your experience with a colonoscopy could further contribute to groundbreaking medical advancements. Our clinical research company is actively conducting biospecimen research studies aimed at understanding the early markers of colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases. By participating in these studies, you’re not just taking an active role in your health; you’re helping pave the way for future medical breakthroughs.

Participants in our biospecimen research studies contribute valuable information that can lead to the development of new diagnostics, treatments, and ultimately, save lives. Your participation could help us understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to colorectal cancer, enabling more personalized and effective approaches to prevention and treatment. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled, consider contributing to vital biospecimen research. 

Contact our research team today to learn more about how you can participate in biospecimen research studies. Together, we can advance medical research and create a healthier future for all.

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