Don’t be afraid of your colonoscopy, doctors say. It could save your life – CBC

‘Colorectal screening has been a revolution … to help diagnose colorectal cancer in an earlier stage’

Nov 20, 2022

For some, a colonoscopy might be scary; others just put it off as a time commitment that can wait. But physicians and advocates agree that it’s important that people not be afraid of the screening procedure and get it done.

“Whatever you think you’re going through for a colonoscopy is no comparison to going through multiple surgeries, chemo, all sorts of treatment and potentially dying from it and the stress not just on you [but] on your family,” said Barry Stein, president and CEO of Colorectal Cancer Canada.

Stein also survived colorectal cancer.

“I would say that’s the biggest incentive to do it.”

Colonoscopies are part of the screening process for colorectal cancer in Canada. Screening in most provinces and territories often starts with an at-home stool test for the average-risk person before a colonoscopy is done, when needed.

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