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How does a colonoscopy help prevent colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is highly preventable. Colonoscopy may detect polyps (small growths on the lining of the colon). Removal of these polyps (by biopsy or snare polypectomy) results in a major reduction in the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in the future.

A colonoscopy helps prevent colorectal cancer by allowing your doctor to see and remove abnormal growths (polyps) in the large intestine that may be cancerous or precancerous. Removing these polyps can help prevent colorectal cancer. Finding and removing the cancer early can prevent the cancer from spreading.

A colonoscopy helps detect early signs of colon cancer, and can be a great way to prevent colon cancer.

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