Endoscopy is a procedure that helps to identify problems in the lungs, stomach
and lower digestive tract.A bronchoscope
is used to detect damage to lung tissue, and a gastroscope—a thin, flexible tube with a light and video camera—is used to look at the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine). Specially trained physicians perform all endoscopic tests.A colonoscopy
is an endoscopic procedure that looks at the inside of the colon (large intestine) for signs of disease, such as
polyps, cancer, colitis and diverticulosis.A screening colonoscopy
is done to look for and remove polyps, which could become cancer. Colon cancer is 90% curable if caught early.
The American College of Gastroenterology recommends a screening colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 for those who are at average risk for colon cancer. You should speak with your doctor about when a screening test is best for you.FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ENDOSCOPY PROCEDURE