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What is colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the inside of the colon (large intestine or large bowel). The colonoscope is a four foot long, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger with a camera and a source of light at its tip. The tip of the colonoscope is inserted into the anus and then is advanced slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon usually as far as the cecum, which is the first part of the colon.
Why is colonoscopy done?
Colonoscopy may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often it is done to investigate the cause of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in bowel habit, or an abnormality found on colonic X-rays or a computerized axial tomography (CT) scan. Individuals with a previous history of polyps or colon cancer and certain individuals with a family history of some types of non-colonic cancers or colonic problems that may be associated with colon cancer (such as ulcerative colitis and colonic polyps) may be advised to have periodic colonoscopies because their risks are greater for polyps or colon cancer. How often should one undergo colonoscopy depends on the degree of the risk and the abnormalities found at previous colonoscopies. One widely accepted recommendation has been that even healthy people at normal risk for colon cancer should undergo colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter, for the purpose of removing colonic polyps before they become cancerous.
ACG Trustee Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, Director, Division of Gastroenterology New York University Langone Medical Center
(former Director of The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health), narrates a tour of a patient's colon during a colonoscopy where he discovers a pre-cancerous polyp and removes the polyp (polypectomy).
USC-PLAYER SAVES NEPHEW
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern Cal senior cornerback Josh Shaw is hero -- but not for something done on the football field. He injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. Shaw was named a team captain Saturday and later that night was at a family function at a cousin's apartment. He saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in a pool. Shaw tells the USC's website that he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool. He pulled his young nephew Carter to safety. Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two ankle sprains. He says his nephew was shaken up, but physically is in good shape.
AIRPLANE-SEAT RECLINE FIGHT
NEW YORK (AP) - Seat fight! A United Airlines flight was diverted to Chicago after two passengers got into it over a reclining seat. The dispute started when one of the passengers used a gadget called the Knee Defender, which prevents the seat in front from reclining. A law enforcement official says a woman asked a man to allow her seat to move but he refused. He also refused a flight attendant's request to remove the device. Officials say the woman threw a cup of water at the man. The Newark, New Jersey, to Denver flight landed in Chicago and both passengers were removed. Authorities say the passengers were not charged, but could face civil fines.
ENGAGED COUPLE-BITING CHARGES
DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police charge they weren't exactly love bites. Now, an engaged couple is in legal trouble in central Pennsylvania. Darlene Frymoyer and Joel Whitesell face assault and other charges. Police tell the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise both had bite marks after a fight earlier this month. Authorities say he has a bite mark on his neck, and she has one on her right arm.
CUT SELF STABBING
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - You know what they say about running with scissors. Well, don't run with a knife, either. Police in Bangor, Maine, report busting a 19-year-old stabbing suspect after he tripped and cut himself with his own knife. According to authorities, Devin Peirce stabbed another man during a fight outside of a bar. The victim wasn't seriously hurt. Police say the stabbing victim chased Peirce, who fell and cut his finger with the knife. Peirce is now charged with one count of aggravated assault.
MONTE VISTA, Colo. (AP) - There's plenty of money in illegal cocaine. And there's coke on some money, too. Federal authorities are investigating the case of wet dollar bills that tested positive for the illegal drug. A Colorado bank teller says her fingers felt tingly and numb after accepting the soggy bills from a customer. The (Alamosa) Valley Courier reports 24-year-old Michael Gutierrez was booked into jail on several outstanding warrants. Police and the U.S. Secret Service office in Denver are investigating the drug-tainted dollar bills.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - About a dozen women had something to get off their chests -- their shirts. The women went topless at a rally at a downtown Asheville, North Carolina, park over the weekend. Organizers say the event was designed to promote equality for women. Local media outlets report several hundred people were at the rally, many of them men with cameras and cellphones. North Carolina law does allow women to legally bare their breasts in public.