A colonoscopy can diagnose diseases of the colon in people with symptoms such as bleeding or diarrhea and can screen for cancers and pre-cancers in people without symptoms.
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in the US. Screening is recommended starting at age 50 - earlier if there are risk factors. A colonoscopy can prevent cancer by removing polyps that could turn into cancer or catch cancer at its most treatable stage.
This procedure involves a flexible tube with a lighted camera called a colonoscope. Stanford endoscopists perform routine as well as complex procedures using specialized tools to access difficult-to-reach areas for people with challenging anatomy. Only a select few medical centers nationwide have these capabilities. We are here for your first screening, to investigate your symptoms, or for a second opinion.