Sigmoidoscopy (Anoscopy, Proctoscopy)
What To Think About
- Follow-up tests, such as Reference colonoscopy Opens New Window, may be needed after sigmoidoscopy. A colonoscopy may also be needed to examine the upper section of the colon if growths were seen during sigmoidoscopy. For more information, see the topic Reference Colonoscopy.
- In some cases, the sigmoidoscope may be attached to a video monitor and a recording device that lets your doctor see the inside of the colon and record the findings.
- Experts recommend routine colon cancer testing for everyone age 50 and older who has normal risk for colon cancer. Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you have a higher risk for colon cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should be tested.
- Reference Which screening test you choose depends on your risk, your preference, and your doctor. Talk to your doctor about what puts you at risk and what test is best for you.
For more information on screening tests for colon cancer, see:
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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