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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredNo routine cancer-screening test brings about more anxiety then a colonoscopy. Not necessarily the worry of results either. It's the test itself that drives people to skip the test. It is invasive, uncomfortable, embarrassing and intimate. It is terribly inconvenient: It takes a day to prepare and a day for the test.
Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, Internal Medicine, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
Many patients are afraid of colonoscopy because it's a more invasive screening than other cancer tests. In this video, Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, a gastroenterologist, also says the stigma can affect some people.